Spring Arbor - Harper Caps Outstanding Season at NAIA National Championships
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VANCOURVER, Wash. – Spring Arbor University's Victoria Harper capped a sensational season with an appearance at the 2017 NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championship, held at Fort Vancouver Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington on Saturday.
Making her third career national appearance, Harper turned in her fastest time ever at the championship meet. The Clare, Michigan native covered the 5000-meter course in 18:58 to finish 87th out of 338 runners, putting her in the top 25 percent of the field.
"Victoria fought hard in her race today," said head coach Bryan Burk. "She did not have the race we were hoping she would have, but she did have her fastest time at a national meet. The course was soft and had a lot of turns which broke up the runners' focus and made it difficult, but Victoria did a great job of staying focused and fighting every step of the way."
Burk added, "I am proud of how far she has come, and I know she has many more great races ahead of her. She is excited for a recovery period and then resuming training for indoor track starting in December."
British Columbia claimed the women's cross country national championship for the fifth time in the last six years. Aminat Olowora of Oklahoma City cruised to her second straight individual title with a winning time of 16:50.
The conclusion of the national championship wraps up the 2017 season for the Cougars.