Red Devil Women Finish 14th at NCAA Championships

Photos by Chris Knight & Dan Reid (
Photos by Chris Knight & Dan Reid (

(Oshkosh, Wisc.) – The Dickinson women's cross county team made its 18th consecutive appearance at the NCAA National Championships on Saturday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Competing against a remarkable fast field on unfavorable course conditions, the Red Devils put together a top-20 finish, placing 14th overall.

With a relatively young line-up, the Red Devils made a strong showing on the national stage, led by sophomores Isabel Cardi (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) and Emma Johnston (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) who came across the line with times of 22:23 and 22:24, respectively, to place 76th and 80th.

Sophomore Allyson Yanega (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) turned in a great performance, clocking a personal-best time of 22:44 while junior Sarah House (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) crossed the line in 22:46.

Senior Lucile Ionescu (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) had one of her strongest races of the season, cutting over a minute off her time at the regional championships to finish with a mark of 22:59.

Junior Tessa Cassidy (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and senior Candace Ionescu (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) were on pace with a times of 23:07 and 24:23.

The Red Devils put together an outstanding season, winning team titles in the first four meets of the season. They combined for another strong showing against some top out-of-region opponents to claim second at the Connecticut College Invitational.

Dickinson was ranked as high as number-six in the nation on the year, finishing second to top-ranked Johns Hopkins at the Centennial Conference Championships and the NCAA Mideast Regionals. The Red Devils earned six All-Region honors to qualify as a team for nationals for the 20th time overall in program history.

The Blue Jays were denied the title as Washington University (Mo.) edged the Blue Jays by just one point, 99-98. Washington also received an individual championship performance from junior Paige Lawler, crossing the line with a remarkable time of 20:55.