(Winneconne, Wis.) – The #19-ranked Dickinson women's cross country team turned in an outstanding race, outperforming its ranking to claim 11th in the team standings at the 2015 NCAA National Championships on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils turned things up a notch after the Centennial Conference Championships, capturing a second place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regionals last week.
Sophomore Sofia Canning (Portland, Maine/Waynflete) was just six spots shy of earning All-America honors, crossing the line in the 41st position with a time of 21:50 to set the pace for the Red Devils.
Seniors Mackenzie Shelgren (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and Abby Colby (Birdsboro, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) came in just one second apart, placing 87th and 92nd with times of 22:17 and 22:18, respectively.
Senior Claire Brawdy (Eden, N.Y./Eden) clocked a time of 22:25 to finish 113th, and sophomore Lillian Freundlich (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington) claimed the final scoring spot, finishing in 22:51. Junior Adriana Frayne-Reixa (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) was just three seconds behind with a mark of 22:54 while sophomore Hannah Gore (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) posted a time of 23:02.
The Red Devils made their 15th consecutive team appearance at the national championships, marking the fifth highest finish in program history. Dickinson posted sixth-place finishes in 2003, 2005 and 2006, and finished 10th in 2002 to top the list.
The Red Devils had five runners earn NCAA All-Mideast Region honors last weekend to earn the program's 15th consecutive bid to nationals.
Williams College captured the team title, de-throning three-time champion Johns Hopkins, who finished fourth overall. Geneseo held off MIT by just three points (179-182) to finish second. Abrah Masterson of Cornell College ran to the individual title, posting a time of 21:23.