Nov. 19, 2007
Terre Haute, Ind. - The women's cross country team raced in its third consecutive NCAA Championship, placing 30th, on Monday, Nov.19.
Hosted by Indiana State University, the Eagles finished the 6,000-meter race in a pace of 21:59, combining for a time of 1:49.51. Their pace was a full 3:80 faster than the performance at the 2006 NCAA Championship. Leading the pack was sophomore Brielle Chabot, who placed 56th in a time of 21:17. She finished the 2007 race 1:35 faster than last year.
Junior captain Nichole Lister placed second for the Eagles, clocking a 21:30, 1:19 faster than her 2006 outing. Fellow captain Mallory Champa crossed in 21:51 and was followed by sophomore Jessica Driscoll (22:13) and senior Jennifer Heyde (22:35).
Stanford was the 2007 NCAA Team Champion. They finished the race with a combined time of 1:44.55. Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego took top individual honors, clocking a 19:31.
On the men's side, senior captain Patrick Mellea was the Eagle's lone runner for the 10,000-meter championship. He finished the race in 31:36.5. Josh McDougal of Liberty won the race outright, crossing the finish line in 29:22.4.
Results of both the men and women's championship can be found on www.ustfccca.org or www.ncaasports.com
This marks the end of the 2007 cross country season. Many of the runners will continue competition for the indoor track & field teams. Indoor competition begins on Saturday, Dec. 1.