The women’s field in NCAA Division I cross country has some great story lines building up for the NCAA Championship race. With a plethora of seniors dominating the scene, the championship marks the end of an era for some dominate forces. Though we still have a few weeks until the race, the conference meet gave us a lot of excitement in preparation for the big dance.
As early season polls predicted, the Oregon women are tough. They proved it by besting the field, and winning with a score of 47 to #2 Arizona’s 69. Stanford came in 3rd with 82 points. Stanford senior Kathy Kroeger beat Oregon’s Jordan Hasay for the win, in a time of 20:05. Arizon’s Elvin Kibet came in 3rd. The Oregon women had 3 in the top 5, but saw a drop of from runner number 4.
Iowa State decimated the field with an incredible score of 18 points. Oklahoma State placed 2nd in a score of 38 points, narrowly defeating Texas who had 44. The entire field behind Iowa stayed very close, keeping the team scoring very exciting.
Iowa State's Betsy Saina and Meaghan Nelson went 1-2 in times of 20:08 and 20:10, with Sara Sutherland of Texas placing 3rd in a time of 20:19. Iowa State had four in the top ten, and their five scoring runners all placed within the top 15.
The Michigan women proved they are a force to be reckoned with by defeating Michigan State 55 to 75. Penn State came in 3rd with 96, while the Wisconsin women dropped all the way back to 5th with 147 points.
The individual race was won by Junior Sara Kroll of Michigan State, in a time of 20:12. Sara is the sister of professional runner, and former Iowa State runner Lisa Uhl (formally know has Lisa Kroll). Mareike Schrulle of Iowa came second in 20:16, with Rebecca Addison of Michigan rounding out the top 3 in 20:21. Wisconsin had a strong 1-2 punch with Ashley Beutler and Gabi Anzalone coming 6 and 7, but the rest of the team couldn’t stay with their top 2.
For more conference action, head to this link. The national meet will be held this year on November 17th in its brand new home of Louisville, Kentucky. You can stay tuned to all the running news by visiting LetsRun or the NCAA website.