Women’s cross country wins national title, men’s finish in 3rd
After coming within eight points of first-place Middlebury in last year’s NCAA Championship, the Washington University women’s cross country team blew past the nation’s number-one ranked team to claim its first title in school history Saturday in Oshkosh, Wis. Four Bears placed in the top 23 to fuel the 41-point victory over Middlebury.
The men’s team finished third in the nation, also a program record.
Each of the top five runners for both the men’s and women’s teams ran season-best times. Senior Erica Jackey (21:04.21) checked in at fourth overall on the 6K course, the highest finish by a women’s runner in school history. Freshman Lucy Cheadle (20th place, 21:28.59), sophomore Sarah Fisher (22nd place, 21:31.34), senior Molly Wawrzyniak (23rd place, 21:31.55) and senior Liz Phillips (40th place, 21:48.79) followed Jackey in the Bears’ top five.
Senior Michael Burnstein earned his third straight All-American honors for the men’s team, finishing 10th overall (24:25.25). Burnstein was joined by fellow senior Tucker Hartley (30th place, 24:41.99), Jackey, Cheadle, Fisher and Wawrzyniak as All-Americans.
Junior David Hamm (44th place, 24:55.98), senior Kwin Keuter (83rd place, 25:10.33) and freshman Ryan Senci (107th place, 25:19.04) completed the men’s top five.
See Monday’s edition of Student Life for full coverage of the national title meet.