MSU Women's Cross Country Finishes 16th at NCAA Championships

MSU Women's Cross Country Finishes 16th at NCAA Championships

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind.- The Michigan State women's cross country team placed 16th overall at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. SophomoreSara Kroll was the top individual for the Green and White, as she recorded a time of 20:37.4, good enough for 51st overall.

MSU recorded a team score of 386, only three points behind Michigan in 15th place. Georgetown claimed the women's team crown with a score of 162 points, narrowly edging out Washington in second (170) and Villanova in third (181). Senior Sheila Reid took home individual honors, finishing in 19:41.2, only 0.6 seconds ahead of Jordan Hasay of Oregon's 19:41.8 finish.

This marked the squad's best finish at the year-end race since 2008, when MSU placed 11th overall. It was also the team's 10th performance all-time with a finish in the top 20.

Kroll was joined at the 3k split by classmate Julia Otwell and senior Carlie Green, as each posted near identical 10:11 splits. Kroll began to separate herself from her teammates in the second half of the race, finishing 10 second ahead of Otwell's time of 20:47.6. Otwell placed 69th overall, while Green trailed back to a 21:12.6 time for 122nd place.

Junior Katie Haines and senior Rebekah Smeltzer were in the pack directly behind the top three Spartans at the 3k split, record times of 10:21. Haines wound up passing Smeltzer towards the end of the race, clocking in a 21:16.6 for 133rd, while Smeltzer crossed 139th in 21:18.3.

Senior Rachel McFarlane was the next Spartan to cross, as she recorded a time of 21:34.6 for 171st. McFarlane rallied late after splitting with a 10:30 3k mark.

Freshman Leah O'Connor was the final runner to cross for MSU, as she finished the 6k race in 21:50.0. O'Connor's time placed her 198th overall in the race. At the 3k split, O'Connor had a 10:32 mark.