DIII women's cross country: Johns Hopkins brings home 2016 national championship
Louisville, Ky. – Johns Hopkins University won its fourth NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Championship Saturday morning with a score of 128 finishing ahead of runner up Washington University with a score of 202 and third place SUNY Geneseo with a score of 214. The Championship was run under mostly cloudy skies, windy conditions and 40 degree temperatures on the course at E.P “Tom” Sawyer State Park.
Amy Regan from Stevens University won the women’s individual title with a time of 20:15.4. Audrey Miller from Loras University finished second at 20:31.3, with Maya Weigel from Pomona Pitzer College finishing third at 20:41.3 and Erin Herrman from Hope College finishing fourth at 20:51.1.
The women’s overall winner, Amy Regan, who also won the 2016 Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic, set a course record Saturday. Regan repeated her 2014 Division III cross country title and earned her sixth overall NCAA individual title in cross country and track and field.
“My race strategy was to win it in the beginning, so I went out strong” said Regan, “I felt great in through the first 5000 meters, although it got pretty windy toward the end. I love this course.”
The Blue Jays were led to the team title by Tess Meehan who finished in 17th place, followed by teammates Felecia Koerner (20th), Natalia LaSpada (21st), Ellie Clawson (33rd) and Caroline Smith (37th place).
All of Saturday's race results can be found here.
The event was co-hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission and Spalding University.
Cross country events were first held at Sawyer State Park in the 1980s. The course was redesigned in 2003 and since that time, the park has hosted 16 NCAA and NAIA national championships, along with numerous NCAA and NAIA regionals, and Division I and Division II conference championships. For the past 17 years, the Louisville Sports Commission has staged the Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic, annually one of the largest collegiate meets in the US. Every year in the fall, the course is the site of numerous high school, middle and elementary school cross country events.