Augustana (S.D.) wins first title
Vikings edged past top-ranked Knights by four points
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Augustana (S.D.) is the NCAA Division II women's cross country national champion. The Vikings earned the program's first national title and the school's second overall team national championship with their stellar performance Saturday.
|Complete championship results|
|• Team results|
|• Individual results|
Augustana netted just 75 points on a snowy Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex course. The Vikings beat runner-up Western State by only four points.
The national title is the first for Augustana since 1991 when the softball team won.
Leah Hanson led the Vikings Saturday, finishing 12th and running the 6,000-meter course in 21:40.40. Runa Falch finished directly behind her teammate in 21:42.40; Kristin Brondbo (21:47.90) and Kyle Blakeslee (21:53.30) rounded out this cluster of Augustana runners by finishing 15th and 18th, respectively. Kelly Kougl finished scoring by placing 29th in 22:08.40.
Other Viking runners included Annie Pfiefle, who placed 46th in 22:34.60, and Maddy Jourgensen, who took 108th in 23:49.90.
Shippensburg's Neely Spence took home the individual championship with a time of 20:53.8.