2011 Championship Results | 2012 Championship Info
Between the upperclassmen fueled by the expectations of their strong, championship-winning programs and enthusiastic fresh faces looking to prove themselves, these runners are the ones to beat.
Adams State senior and three-time cross-country All-American Alicia Nelson came in second at last season's championship with a time of 21:07.4, just 29 seconds behind first-place Neely Spence.
Adding more strength and depth to Adams State's roster is two-time cross-country All-American Kelly Lamb. This junior finished fifth in last year's championship, helping her team achieve an overall fifth-place finish.
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Dakota Wolf, a 2011 cross country All-American, is the senior leader of a program that has made a place for itself on the national scene in recent years. She finished sixth last year in the national championship with a time of 21:28.5.
Katie Spratford, a senior at Shippensburg, is a 2011 cross country All-American who performed nationally last year in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track and field. Now that reigning champion Neely Spence has graduated, this season may be Spratford's time to shine.
Augustana (S.D.) senior Leah Hansen collected All-America honors along with four of her teammates by finishing 12th at the national championship with a time of 21:40.4, improving her sophomore 71st-place finish. The top Augustana (S.D.) finisher, she helped lead the Vikings to a national championship.
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Norwegian Runa Falch returns for her junior season at Augustana (S.D.) after two strong All-American seasons. She finished 13th at last year's championship at 21:42.4 after winning the NSIC championship and being named the NSIC Athlete of the Year.
Grand Valley State finished third as a team at last year's championship thanks to a strong trio of then-freshmen led by Rachel Clark. With a season of collegiate experience under her belt, Clark and her fellow underclassmen will be back better than ever.
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