WMU - Christensen Finishes 84th at NCAA Championships To End Incredible Season

WMU - Christensen Finishes 84th at NCAA Championships To End Incredible Season

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Women's Cross Country  Aimee Luurtsema, Graduate Assistant for Marketing, Communications & Engagement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ending her fantastic season, Western Michigan's cross country runner Hanne Christensen finished in 84th place at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. The senior recorded a personal best 6K time of 20:36.0 in the harsh conditions at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park, hosted by the University of Louisville.


"She really stuck herself out there and got after it this morning in the tough conditions," commented WMU associate head coach Taryn Sheehan. "She had an incredible season and made a big impact for the future of this program. It was great to see her cap out the season today with a personal record time."

Due to inclement weather in Louisville, Ky., the race began with the women's race at 9 a.m. Sophomore Ednah Kurgat from New Mexico took the individual title with a 19:19.5 time, helping the Lobos take home the championship with 90 points.

In her final season with the Brown & Gold, Christensen made a huge impact on the future of the WMU program. The senior became just the second Bronco since 1986 to represent the WMU women's cross country team at the NCAA Championships while also becoming the first Bronco to win the Mid-American Conference Title since 1993.

Christensen led the Broncos in all five races she competed in this season including three overall wins at the George Dales Invite, Pre-Nationals and the MAC Championships. She was also tabbed MAC Runner of the Week and MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week during the season.