Injury and sickness marred the Washington University cross-country rosters at the NCAA Championships Saturday in Hanover, Ind. Yet the women’s team matched its national ranking, and the men’s squad attained a point total that would have tied for last season’s national title. Three All-Americans drove the efforts.
Fresh off of their top-three finishes in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Nov. 16, the Washington University men’s and women’s cross-country teams have built up all season for this Saturday’s NCAA Championships in Hanover, Ind. Over the last several years, both the men’s and women’s squads have reached heights unprecedented in school history.
Cheadle wins individual regional championship, men’s and women’s cross-country teams qualify for nationals
Junior Lucy Cheadle became the first Midwest Region individual champion in Washington University history, and the No. 17 women’s cross-country team raced to third place Saturday in Rock Island, Ill. The No. 2 men’s team finished behind only No.
Making conference history Saturday in Pittsburgh, the Washington University men’s cross-country team raced to its fourth straight University Athletic Association title. The Bears, ranked No. 2 nationally, broke the record shared by themselves and New York University for consecutive conference championships.
Only two-time defending national champion North Central College edged out the No. 3 Washington University men’s crosscountry team at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Saturday, and the No. 26 women’s team placed third.
Though cross-country meets before November serve primarily as tune-ups for conference, regional and national championship meets, the Greater Louisville Classic presents an annual opportunity for Washington University to test its mettle against opponents from Divisions I and II. “It’s good experience—our goal is to do well at nationals, and so to have that experience prior [...]
A nearly month-long layover between races didn’t slow down the Washington University men’s and women’s cross-country teams at the Wheaton Gil Dodds Invitational Saturday in Wheaton, Ill., with both squads claiming first place. Out to prove deservingness of its No. 4 national ranking, the men’s team edged current national No. 1 North Central College 31-33.
Junior runner Drew Padgett earned NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Week honors after his record-setting performance Saturday at the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird Meet. Padgett’s 19:10 run was the fastest in team history on the 6,000-meter course in Forest Park, and he finished 15 seconds ahead of all competitors Saturday.
As the Washington University men’s cross-country team seeks a third straight top-five finish at the NCAA Division III Championships, the women’s team is shooting for a return to the national meet. The women won a national championship in 2011, but the next year, they did not advance to nationals for the first time since 2003. The men’s team is coming off a No.
Behind junior Kevin Sparks, the Washington University men’s cross-country team placed fifth at the Division III NCAA Championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind., marking its fourth straight top 10 national finish. Sparks finished fourth among 280 runners to claim men’s All-America honors. He completed the 8K course in 24.37.00.