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Result: 10th of 32 teams

Women's Cross Country at NCAA Division III Championships

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – 11:15 a.m. at Winneconne, Wis. - Lake Breeze Golf Club

Knights take 10th at NCAA Championships

Emma Greenlee
Emma Greenlee sprints to the finish line at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
Photo: Larry Radloff / d3photography.com

WINNECONNE, Wis. – The Carleton College women’s cross country team wrapped up its 2018 season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships. This is the second consecutive year and seventh time overall that the Knights posted a top-10 result at the national meet.

“It was exciting to see the women's program finish in the top-10 again,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “In recent years, the athletes have taken this program to another level. I understand how incredible and special they are. It is evident that they have a passion for running and are dedicated to the program and their teammates.

“We have seen tremendous growth in our returners this season. Having the seniors race strong at the national championships was a fitting way to end their collegiate cross country careers.”

Sophomore Emma Greenlee (Aurora, Minn./Mesabi East) was Carleton’s top finisher on this day, crossing the line in 44th place with a time of 22:05.0. Senior Sam Schnirring (Sr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) vaulted up the leaderboard moving from 90th at about the 1.5-mile mark to claim 60th place overall with her time of 22:16.1. Amanda Mosborg (So./Edina, Minn./Edina) was the third Carleton runner across the line, placing 66th at 22:18.5. 

Marietta Geist (Jr./Crookston, Minn./Crookston) covered the six-kilometer course in 22:38.2, good for 111th in the 279-runner field. Sarah Nazarino (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Garfield) concluded the scoring for the Knights, placing 169th at 23:00.9

Helen Schuda (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) and Fiona Casey (So./Chicago, Ill./Northside) were Carleton’s sixth and seventh racers, and finished in 217th and 218th places, respectively, as the duo clocked times of 23:26.2 and 23:28.3.

The team standings closely reflected the USTFCCCA national rankings entering the meet. No. 2-ranked Washington (Mo.) University captured the team title after edging No. 1-ranked and two-time defending national champion Johns Hopkins by only one point, 98-99.

No. 4 MIT took third place at 247 points with No. 7 UW-Eau Claire (265) claiming fourth place. No. 3 SUNY-Geneseo won a tiebreaker against No. 11 Brandeis University for fifth place at 277 points. No. 8 Williams College (283), No. 5 Middlebury College (301), No. 9 UW-La Crosse (313) and No. 10 Carleton (326) rounded out the top-10.

“We are fortunate to have six of our top eight runners returning next year that have nationals experience,” said Ricks. “Their guidance and leadership is extremely valuable to the future of this team.”