Washington U. blazes with first title
Bears posted lowest national championship score since 2002
WINNECONNE, Wis. -- Washington-St. Louis raced to the program’s first National Championship at the 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship held on Saturday.
“We had great team performances on both sides,” Washington University head cross-country coach Jeff Stiles said. “Our athletes executed the race plan really well and ran with a great deal of confidence. It’s fun to get on the awards stand and to win, but the most rewarding thing is to watch the athletes perform well and execute to the best of their abilities. Having your athletes go out and compete the way ours did is all you can ask for as a coach. We had a tremendous following of fans, parents and alums so it was a great atmosphere.”
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After finishing as the runner-up in 2010, Washington U. had all five of its point-scorers place in the top-40 individually to score 70 points to win the 2011 National Championship against 2010 national champion Middlebury which scored 111 points.
Individually, senior Erica Jackey placed fourth, the highest finish in school history. Jackey finished the 6K course in a season-best time of 21:04.21 to place fourth overall. Chiara Del Piccolo from Williams won the individual championship with a time of 20:52.08.
Freshman Lucy Cheadle ran a season-best time of 21:28.59 to finish 20th, while sophomore Sarah Fisher and senior Molly Wawrzyniak followed in 22nd and 23rd with season-best times of 21:31.34 and 21:31.55, respectively. Senior Elizabeth Phillips rounded out the Washington U. scoring with a season-best time of 21:48.79, which placed her in 40th overall. Senior Jessica Londeree and freshman Grace Bridwell finished 73rd and 169th out of 277 runners with times of 22:06.85 and 22:43.26.