Women's Cross Country: National Runners-Up!

    Sarah Mary Collins finished 10th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

    Sarah Mary Collins finished 10th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

    Nov. 17, 2012

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -

    On the biggest stage of the season, the women's cross country team ran an impressive race to finish as the national runners-up at the 2012 NCAA Div. I Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday afternoon at the University of Louisville's E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park.

    In a tight race that took well over 40 minutes to determine the actual winner due to formal reviews and protests, Oregon finished first with 114 points, followed by the Friars, who had 183 points. Stanford finished third (198), Florida State fourth (202), while Michigan (247) rounded out the top-five.  

    Freshman Sarah Mary Collins (Basel, Switzerland) led the Friars by finishing 10th in a time of 19:50.7. She finished the season claiming a top-10 finish in each race she took part in this fall, including second-place showings at the BIG EAST and NCAA Regional Championships.

    Junior Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.) was close behind Collins, finishing 15th (20:00.1). Sisson's showing was impressive as it was just her third start of the season as she battled back to help the Friars in a postseason run that included a third place BIG EAST Championship finish and a first-place showing at the NCAA Regional to go along with national runner-up status.

    Junior Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand) finished 35th as the Friars' next scorer in a time of 20:12.5. With the top-40 finish, Nagel will earn the first All-American award of her career, joining Collins and Sisson as 2012 Cross Country All-Americans.

    Rounding out the scoring for the Friars, senior Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.) placed 60th (20:28.3) and her classmate, Samantha Roecker (Charlton, N.Y.), finished 134th (21:01.5).

    Junior Grace Thek (Melbourne, Australia) and freshman Molly Keating (Rehoboth, Mass.) also ran for the Friars. Thek placed 167th (21:14.8) and Keating finished 218th (21:40.5).

    In the 33rd all-time running of the NCAA Div. I Women's Cross Country Championship, the Friars finished in the top-three for the fifth time in program history and turned in their best showing since claiming the title in 1995. All-time, the Friar women's cross country team has now posted 18 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship under head coach Ray Treacy.

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