2011 Championship Results | 2012 Championship Info
From diligent returning national champions to ambitious runners with their first chance in the spotlight, these are the top seven cross country runners to watch for the 2012 season.
Middlebury senior Addie Tousley came in fourth at last year's championship right behind teammate Margo Cramer, helping her team to a second-place finish. Preseason No. 1 Middlebury won the national title in 2006, 2008 and 2010. With Tousley as the team's forerunner, they could keep this pattern repeating.
Then-freshman Lucy Cheadle posted the second-fastest time for her championship team, Washington-St. Louis, coming in 12th overall at 21:28.59. She and the other young talent on the roster start the Bears at No. 4 in the preseason poll.
Washington-St. Louis Athletics
Wartburg sophomore Alana Enabnit, a former figure skater, finished as an All-American at last year’s cross country nationals, which was only the10th cross country race of her career. She went on to win the 5K and 10K at the outdoor national meet this past May.
The fifth-place finisher at last year's national championship with a time of 21:12.68, Keri Lambert returns for her senior season at Amherst as the driving force behind her team.
Now a senior at Ohio Northern, Alison Steinbrunner finished in sixth place last year with a time of 21:12.99. Steinbrunner will be the pace-setter for a roster made up of mostly underclassmen.
Ohio Northern Athletics
Oberlin's Molly Martorella carried her team as a sophomore to an overall 15th-place finish last year by coming in 13th at 21:30.72.