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Women’s Cross Country Competes at NCAA Championship

Sara Greene (d3photography.com)
Sara Greene (d3photography.com)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 31 Wesleyan women's cross country team capped off a historic season placing 23rd at the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning. This was the Cardinal's fourth appearance and first since 2009 when the squad placed a program-best 14th. Wesleyan earned an at-large bid to the NCAA meet following one of its best performances at the NCAA New England Regional where the team placed sixth in a field of 54 teams. The Cardinals were one of 16 at-large squads selected in addition to the 16 automatic qualifiers (top-two teams from each of the eight regions). 

The Championship meet was hosted by Spalding University and the Louisville Sports Commission with the 6K course covering the grounds of Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Johns Hopkins took home the NCAA Title recording 125 points, just ahead of WashU (138). 

 "This group has worked really hard all season to get to this meet and they continued that battle through the race today," expressed head coach John Crooke. "As a unit, we moved up six places in the final 2K of the race, which shows how motivated these athletes were. Finishing 23rd is a big accomplishment for such a young team and I could not be more proud of them."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Becky Lopez-Anido crossed the finish line first for Wesleyan, clocking in at 22:58.1. In her final 2K of the race, she moved up 40 spots, placing 113th overall out of 277 competitors.  
  • The second runner across for the Cardinals was Sara Pinsonault who capped off her successful career with a time of 23:05.1.
  • First-year Mariah Saunders was third for Wesleyan, registering a time of 23:18.2, as she passed 31 runners in the final 2K. Sara Greene was close behind, clocking in at 23:23.3.
  • Rookie Jane Hollander was the final scorer for the Cardinals, crossing the finish line in 23:38.8.
  • Emma Trapani and Maeve Hoffman rounded out the varsity squad, clocking in at 23:52.9 and 24:33.5, respectively.