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Whether they're fit and enthusiastic underclassmen or experienced team leaders, these women have proven themselves as forces to be dealt with this season. Here are the top seven runners to reckon with.
Two-time national champion in the mile and 3,000 meters, Oregon's Jordan Hasay came in second at last year's finals. An 11-time All-American, she finished just 0.6 seconds behind Villanova's Sheila Reid with a time of 19:41.8.
Abbey D'Agostino brought home the Ivy League heptagonal cross country title and 5,000-meter outdoor title for Dartmouth. She competed in her first collegiate cross country season last fall and finished third at the national championship with a time of 19:42.9.
Katie Flood, a junior at Washington, became the first Husky woman to win multiple national titles -- let alone two in one year -- this past spring. Last season, she powered UW to a second-place team finish with a seventh-place individual finish at 19:47.9. She won the first Pac-12 individual championship earlier in the year.
Along with teammate Katie Flood, Washington's Megan Goethals helped the Huskies to a second-place team finish by coming in 18th at the national championship. After a rough freshman season, Goethals was third among all sophomore or freshman finishers at nationals last year and she was the only runner on the squad who improved her time in every race throughout the season.
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Iowa State's Betsy Saina, a senior, earned All-America honors for the fourth time last season and finished ninth at the national championship with a time of 19:50.7.
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Villanova junior Emily Lipari finished as the third Villanova runner at the national championship behind sixth-place Bogdana Mimic and national champion Sheila Reid, both seniors. The Wildcats finished third as a team. With openings on the roster for strong upperclassman leadership and Lipari's 14-spot improvement in the past two national championships, Lipari has a chance to step up for Villanova.
Colorado's Shalaya Kipp returns for her senior season after a summer detour in London where she competed in the steeplechase for Team USA alongside fellow CU senior Emma Coburn. Kipp finished 19th with a 20:08.1 time in last year's NCAA finals, but could be invigorated by her international acclaim and experience.
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