W&L Women's Cross Country Finishes Fifth at NCAA South/Southeast Regional

W&L Women's Cross Country Finishes Fifth at NCAA South/Southeast Regional

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Washington and Lee women's cross country team finished fifth out of 34 teams at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on Saturday hosted by Christopher Newport.

Trinity (Texas) finished first with 80 points, and Emory was second with 83 points. Those two schools earned the region's automatic bids to the NCAA Championship next Saturday. Centre was third with 153 points, Lynchburg was fourth (171 points) and the Generals totaled 181 points.

Sophomore Julia Moody (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) was the Blue and White's top individual on the 6k course. She crossed the finish line in 22:32.50 to place 21st out of 240 runners. Junior Kirsten McMichael (Eighty Four, Pa./Ringgold) was 27th with a time of 22:39.50.

First-year Anna Nelson (Arvada, Colo./Standley Lake) placed 38th in 22:53.50, and first-year Katie Harris (Ashburn, Va./Rock Ridge) claimed 46th in 23:03.20. Sophomore Katie Bearup (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) rounded out the scoring for the Generals in 55th with a time of 23:18.10.

First-year Hannah Dieterle (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) was 57th (23:20.60), and senior Rachel Steffen (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) took 64th (23:24.80), as the two other Blue and White runners in the race.

Senior Gabrielle Stravach of Emory was the top individual in the race with a time of 20:59.70.

With their finishes in the Top 35, Moody and McMichael each earned all-region accolades. This concludes the 2017 season for the W&L women's cross country team.

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