NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's cross country team finished 10th out of 27 teams at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship hosted by Christopher Newport on Saturday.
The Generals were paced by senior Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb. / Norris), who finished fifth out of 193 runners to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championship meet for the first time in her career. Madison completed the course with a time of 22:33.60 to earn all-region accolades. Maddie Murphy of Trinity (Texas) won the race with a time of 21:33.89.
First-year Liz Spruill (Richmond, Va. / St. Catherine's) finished second on the team and 56th overall with a time of 24:19.30. Classmate Alana Babington (Mobile, Ala. / St. Paul's Episcopal) notched a time of 24:25.54 to finish 61st overall, while sophomore Rachel Solomon (Jacksonville, Fla. / Stanton College Prep) finished 76th with a time of 24:46.16. Senior Katie Driest (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg) also competed in the Top 5 for W&L, completing the course in 25:36.28 to place 102nd overall.
Others participating for W&L were first-year Kate McCreary (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) and sophomore Leigh Stauffer (Thomasville, Ga. / Brookwood School). McCreary finished 120th (26:07.55) and Stauffer finished 126th with a time of 26:21.18.
Madison will now head to nationals, which will be held next Saturday at Hanover College in Indiana. The race is set to begin at 11:00 am.