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Result: MIAC CHAMPIONS! // Greenlee 2nd, Mosborg 3rd, Schnirring 7th, Geist 9th, Schuda 11th, Nazarino 12th

Women's Cross Country at MIAC Championships

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. at Northfield, Minn. - St. Olaf Cross Country Trails

Knights win second consecutive MIAC Championships title

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Carleton Women's Cross Country -- MIAC Champions!
Carleton Women's Cross Country -- MIAC Champions!
Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Thoroughly dominating by placing six runners among the top 12—all of whom earned All-MIAC recognition—the No. 11-ranked Carleton College women’s cross country team captured the team title at the MIAC Championships for the second straight year. The Knights have now won 7-of the last-10 conference crowns and 9-of the last 15.

The Knights’ top five finishers on course at St. Olaf College were second, third, seventh, ninth, and eleventh across the finish line in the six-kilometer race, giving them an impressive total of 32 points. That left 47 points between them and the second-place team, St. Thomas (79).

Emma Greenlee (So./Aurora, Minn./Mesabi East) spearheaded the Carleton effort with a second-place finish in 22:40.1. Fellow sophomore Amanda Mosborg (Edina, Minn.) was right on Greenlee’s heels, taking third place with a time of 22:42.8.

Next in for the Knights was senior Sam Schnirring (Eden Prairie, Minn.), who earned a seventh-place result in 22:53.8. She was followed by Marietta Geist (Jr./Crookston, Minn.), who crossed the finish line in 23:04.5, good for ninth place and Helen Schuda (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) rounded out the scoring for Carleton with a solid 11th-place showing (23:07.8).

Sarah Nazarino (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Garfield) was the sixth runner in for the Knights, finishing with a time of 23:09.5 (12th overall). Fiona Casey (So./Chicago, Ill.) was the seventh Carleton runner to complete the race, posting a time of 23:43.9, good for 25th place and all-conference honorable mention.

No. 33-ranked St. Olaf came in third place, totaling 106 points on the day. Saint Benedict, who is regionally ranked, and Hamline were next at 149 and 150 points, respectively.

“There are many individuals that took their training and their racing up this season,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “They really encouraged and supported one another each day and demonstrated their passion and love for their team and the sport of running. In order to win a MIAC Championship, it needs to be a total team effort. It’s about the entire team, and we are really fortunate to have a team that is close and runs for each other.

“Although we were slated as the top returning team, I never take for granted our competition. The MIAC is full of veteran coaches and great athletes. In some ways, it felt like we were doing a bit of reloading this season as we looked to replace last year’s MIAC individual champion Meg Mathison and runner-up Emily Kaegi. What is exciting is that this allows the opportunity for others to step up and lead this team. Amanda Mosborg and Emma Greenlee have done an amazing job running 1-2 for us.

“I am very proud of our two All-MIAC seniors, Samantha Schnirring and Sarah Nazarino. They have done an outstanding job the entire season racing strong and working with their teammates.

“Just as it is a total team effort throughout the season and on race day, it is a total team coaching effort. Laura Albares and Ruth Steinke have done an outstanding job this season. It is great to have a strong core of women coaching together, especially having former Carleton All-American runners who understand the importance of balancing academics and athletics.”

Up next for Carleton is the annual Karhu Shoe Race at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Carleton Arboretum. The meet will pit the Knights against the Oles of St. Olaf College. After that, Carleton will compete at the NCAA Central Region Championships at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Waverly, Iowa on the Max Championship Cross Country Course.