November 16, 2013

W&L Women's Cross Country Places 10th at NCAA Regionals

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.

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