Women's 2009 6K Preview
Marie Borner captured the 2008
individual title at Hanover (Ind.)
BEREA, OHIO Ė Baldwin Wallace University will play host to the 2009 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 21 at Highland Park Golf Course in Highland Hills. The womenís six-kilometer event will begin at 11:00 a.m. (EST).
The race will feature five of the top 10 teams from last yearís championship and the reigning individual champion in Bethel University (Minn.) senior Marie Borner.
Middlebury College (Vt.), ranked fifth in the nation by the USTFCCCA, has five national titles and is back to defend its crown after finishing in a first place tie with No. 4 M.I.T. (Mass.) at the New England Regional championship last Saturday. The Panthers are paced by five all-region runners including freshman Addie Tousley and sophomore Claire McIlvennie.
Top-ranked Calvin College (Mich.) will look to claim its third national title after finishing runner-up at last yearís championship. The Knights claimed their third consecutive Great Lakes Regional championship last Saturday, and will attempt to take home the programís first championship since 1999. Senior Lauren Bergstrom led the Knights last Saturday and will look to build on her 21st-place finish at nationals in 2008.
No.2 Johns Hopkins University (Mary.) won its second consecutive Mideast Regional and was 13th at last seasonís national race. Senior Mira Patel led the Blue Jays last Saturday and senior Laura Paulsen was 31st at nationals in 2008.
Calvin's women aim to bring home their
third national title.
No. 3 University of Wisconsin Eau Claire won the Midwest Regional for second consecutive year and was fifth at last seasonís national race. The Blugolds are led by junior Beth Easker and sophomore Alyssa Sybilrud, who placed 55th and 99th in the nation last season, respectively.
No. 6 St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) captured the Atlantic Regional title for the first time in school history. The Saints are led by junior Wendy Pavlus, who won her second straight regional championship last week and will look to build on a 20th-place showing in 2008.
No. 7 Williams College (N.E.) finished third to Middlebury and M.I.T. in the New England Regional championship and will look to claim its third national title after finishing third at last yearís championship. The Ephwomen will be led by freshman Jennifer Gossels, who placed 11th at the regionals.
M.I.T. was 10th at last seasonís national race. Senior New England Region champ Jacqui Wentz leads the Engineers and will look to build on her 54th place finish in 2008.
No.16 Carleton College (Minn.) won the Central Regional championship and will return to the national meet as a team for the second consecutive season and 12th time in program history. The Knights are led by senior Laura Roach and sophomore Simone Childs-Walker, who placed 61st and 62nd, repsectively, in 2008.
No. 29 Rhodes College captured its first ever South/Southeast Regional championship. Four of the Lynxís top runners from last season are back including sophomore Taylor Stephens, who placed 35th in 2008.
No.17 Whitworth University won the West Regional championship last week and will be making its second trip to nationals. The Pirates won the West by nearly 60 points.
Including Middlebury in 2008 and 2006, past team champions include Amherst College (Mass.) in 2007 and SUNY-Geneseo (N.Y.) in 2005.