Nov. 14, 2009


Courtesy of Rose-Hulman

Team Automatic Qualifiers:
Teams Under Consideration:
Case Western Reserve
Individual Automatic Qualifiers:
Katie Navarre, Denison
Lauren Reich, DePauw
Elaine Simpson, Case Western Reserve
Alison Steinbrunner, Ohio Northern
Jillian McLaughlin, Kalamazoo
Heather Waterman, Franklin
Mary Pfeifer, Wittenberg
Calvin Defends NCAA Division III Women's Regional Championship; Oberlin Earns Automatic Qualification

TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Calvin College captured its third consecutive NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Women's Cross Country Championship and was joined by Oberlin College as an automatic team qualifier for next weekend's national meet on Saturday in a meet hosted by Rose-Hulman and DePauw.

Individually, Denison University junior Katie Navarre led a pack of 231 runners to the finish line with a six-kilometer time of 21:23 at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.  

Navarre earned one of seven individual automatic qualifications for the NCAA Division III Championships scheduled for next Saturday at Baldwin-Wallace.  

Other automatic qualifiers included Lauren Reich of DePauw, Elaine Simpson of Case Western Reserve, Alison Steinbrunner of Ohio Northern, Jillian McLaughlin of Kalamazoo, Heather Waterman of Franklin and Mary Pfeifer of Wittenberg.

The top three finishers ran in a separate pack and distanced themselves from the remaining 228 entrants.  

Calvin relied on finishes of fifth, eighth, 10th, 13th and 14th to claim the team title among 34 teams.  Lauren Bergstrom led the winners with a time of 22:16, followed by Jesi Hale in 22:26.

Oberlin runners placed third, 18th, 21st, 29th and 49th to earn automatic qualification.  Johnson led the effort with a third-place finish in 21:38, followed by Clara Shaw in a time of 22:59.

Other teams under consideration for the NCAA Division III National Championships were the third, fourth and fifth place squads.  Case Western Reserve placed third with 130 points, followed closely by DePauw at 150 points and Baldwin-Wallace with 157.

If the NCAA Division III championships committee selects Case Western, DePauw or Baldwin-Wallace as an at-large representative, additional runners will be added to the meet.  The first additional runners from the Great Lakes Region would include Heather Stalter of Mount Union, D'Arcy Hlavin of Baldwin-Wallace and Kimberly Chinn of Baldwin-Wallace.

Meet co-host Rose-Hulman placed 25th overall in the team scoring.  Senior Melissa Rogers led Rose-Hulman with a 51st place finish in a time of 24:04.  Freshman Creasy Clauser came home 85th in a time of 24:42.