St. Olaf College (Minn.) earned its first men’s championship and Johns Hopkins University (Md.) notched its second consecutive women’s crown during the NCAA III national cross country championships. The NCAA’s finales were held Saturday, Nov. 23 on Hanover College’s campus course in Hanover, Ind.
St. Olaf placed three runners in the top 11 to edge two-time defending champions North Central College (Ill.), 84-86, to claim the Oles’ first cross country title.
Junior Grant Wintheiser was third overall in 24:34.8 to lead St. Olaf. Classmate Jake Brown finished eighth with a time of 25:00.0 and senior Brian Saksa was 11th in 25:07.3.
Connecticut College senior Michael LeDuc was the NCAA’s individual champion. LeDuc captured first place in 24:29.3, just missing the eight-kilometer course record by seven seconds (24:22.1).
North Central senior John Crain placed second out of the 280 competitors with a time of 24:33.1.
Johns Hopkins had three runners among the first 11 across the line and finished with 85 points to defeat second-place Williams College (Mass.) by 52 points (137).
Sophomore Hannah Oneda was third in the team battle in 21:27.7 to pace the Blue Jays. Senior Annie Monagle had a 10th-place finish with a time of 21:43.5 and junior France Loeb followed in 11th place in 21:44.6.
The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) senior Chelsea Johnson was the top individual. Johnson toured Hanover’s six-kilometer course in 21:11.7.
St. Olaf freshman Noelle Olson was second in the 280-runner field with a time of 21:22.3. Williams’ senior Kaleigh Kenny was third overall in 21:23.7.
Published Saturday, November 23, 2013