The Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams find themselves in similar positions heading into the 2016 season. Both put together strong performances at the conference, regional and national levels, both return a handful of top nationally-competitive runners and both must deal with the departure of one critical athlete.
In a tightly contested 32-team field, the Washington University women’s cross country team finished fifth Saturday at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Oshkosh, Wis.
On the backs of five athletes finishing in the top 25, the Washington University women’s cross-country team ran away with the NCAA Midwest Regionals by a whopping 38 points.
Washington University head cross-country coach Jeff Stiles couldn’t hide his excitement after Saturday’s University Athletic Association (UAA) championship meet.
In a competitive field of 46 teams, including 12 ranked in last week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings, the Washington University women’s cross country team took the title at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh AAE Invitational Pre-National race on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Wash. U. men finished sixth in their field of 45.
The Washington University women’s cross country team outpaced Division I DePaul University while the Bears’ men’s cross-country team fell short in a close finish to host Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday at the SIUE John Flamer Invite.
Amidst sweltering heat and muddy fields, the Washington University men’s and women’s cross country team continue to stride towards national competition. Fresh off a pair of fourth-place team finishes at last year’s NCAA national meet, the Bears’ sights are firmly set on running in the championships.
In a field of talented runners and teams with national championship aspirations, Washington University was the only school to place both its men’s and women’s teams on the podium.
For the first time in school history, a runner from both the Washington University men’s and women’s cross-country teams took home individual regional titles.
For senior Lucy Cheadle of the Washington University women’s cross-country team, this calendar year has been one filled with an NCAA title, conference records and Division I aspirations as she nears her last cross-country race for the Red and Green.