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Knights dominate, repeat as NCAA Central Region champions

November 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Emma Greenlee and Amanda Mosborg
Emma Greenlee and Amanda Mosborg
Photo: Cristy Carretero

WAVERLY, Iowa – For the second year in a row, the No. 12-ranked Carleton College women’s cross country team dominated the competition at the NCAA Central Region Championships, running away with the team title after totaling just 64 points at the Max Championship Cross Country Course. Emma Greenlee (So./Aurora, Minn./Mesabi East) and Amanda Mosborg (So./Edina, Minn.) spearheaded the winning effort for the Knights by crossing the finish line in third place and sixth place, respectively.

“This team continues to amaze me,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “They have done an outstanding job of holding their composure in big meets. Right from the start they engaged themselves into the competition and trusted their fitness and their teammates. It's a tremendous accomplishment to win back-to-back conference and region championships. We are very proud of this strong group of women. This entire team is a joy to coach.”

Greenlee clocked a time of 22:04.4 to pace Carleton and move up 15 spots from her finishing position at last year’s Central Region race. Mosborg was not far behind, finishing as the Knights’ second runner in a time of 22:18.5. She also improved this year after taking eighth place in 2017.

Samantha Schnirring (Sr./Eden Prairie, Minn.) was the next runner in the chute for Carleton, posting a 12th-place result in 22:35.2. Rounding out the scoring for the Knights were Fiona Casey (So./Chicago, Ill./Northside) and Marietta Geist (Jr./Crookston, Minn.), who finished in succession 21st (22:56.1) and 22nd (22:56.3) place, respectively.

Carleton’s sixth- and seventh-place runners, Helen Schuda (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) and Sarah Nazarino (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Garfield), both earned top-35 results and with it, All-Region recognition. Schuda took 31st in the field of 206 runners by finishing in 23:06.5, and Nazarino finished in 35th with a time of 23:09.1.

Of the 29 teams who participated in the meet, nobody except Carleton finished with less than 100 points. The Knights’ 64 points were exactly half the total of the second-place finisher, No. 26 Nebraska Wesleyan.

Host school and No. 28-ranked Wartburg College settled for third place at 133 points. MIAC competitors No. 33 St. Thomas and St. Olaf rounded out the top five by tallying 160 and 164 points, respectively.

With the win, Carleton has secured a return trip to the NCAA Division III Championships next weekend in Winneconne, Wis. at the Lake Breeze Golf Club. The race will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.