Hillsdale - Charger Women Place 3rd at NCAA Championships

Hillsdale - Charger Women Place 3rd at NCAA Championships

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The best women's cross country programs in NCAA Division II can't be mentioned without Hillsdale College being in the front of the conversation.

For the second year in a row, the Chargers finished in the top three at the national championship meet. Hillsdale placed a solid third at Saturday's NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Championships, held on a cold, windy day in Joplin, Missouri. The Chargers finished with 140 points.

Adams State won the national title with 83 points while Grand Valley State was the national runner-up with 97. Chico State was fourth with 212 points, a distant fourth behind Hillsdale.

This is the second-best NCAA Division II finish ever registered by a Hillsdale College athletic team, trailing last year's women's cross country and women's indoor track teams,who both took second.

Senior Emily Oren capped her brilliant cross country career by placing eighth overall with a time of 20:17.4. This was her eight career All-American honor, counting indoor and outdoor track.

Sophomore Hannah McIntyre ran a tremendous race, finishing second on the team and 20th overall at 21:01.2. She was clsoely followed by senior Kristina Galat, two spots behind, at 21:04.7.

Junior Molly Oren was Hillsdale's fourth All-American performer at the meet, taking 28th overall with a 21:10.

This Charger team lived up to expectations all season long. It never left the nation's top three all season, even getting ranked No. 1 during the middle of the regular season. Hillsdale finished second at the GLIAC and Midwest championships, and hung with the nation's very best on the ultimate stage. Head coach Andrew Towne has stressed the process, rather than the outcome, to this talented group for years, and back-to-back national finishes of second and third show that not only was the process effective, the results weren't bad either.