Nov. 21, 2011
The Minnesota Women’s Cross Country season come to an end after today’s NCAA Championships down in Terre Haute, Ind. Minnesota finished 27th overall on a light misty day and about 50 degree temperatures. The 27th place finish was the same position the Gophers finished a year ago.
Stephanie Price covered the 6-kilometer LaVern Gibson Championships course in a 20:44, which was two seconds faster than a year ago. Price, who finished 61st overall, stayed with the lead pack and was 13 seconds off the leaders through the 3-kilometer mark. The field was pretty tight all afternoon, but Villanova’s Shelia Reid took home the title for the second year in a row after finishing in 19:41 on a slightly muddy course.
“I have said it the last couple weeks and I will say it again, we have overcome lots of obstacles near the end and I am proud of how the girls battled,” said Gopher head coach Gary Wilson “We finished were I thought we were going to, but on a good day I think we could have been in the low 20’s. Maggie Bollig bounced back after sitting out last week and ran a great race. I told them hundreds of teams are sitting at home and you weren’t one of them. I am very proud of this group.”
Sophomore Ashlie Decker was the Gophers’ second finisher, crossing the finish line in 21:22 for 143rd place. That time was nine seconds faster than her time a year ago.
Redshirt Freshman Molly Kayfas wrapped up her first ever NCAA Championship run, with a time of 21:29, which put her in 166th.
As Wilson said earlier, he was pleased with Bollig’s performance after sitting out last weekend’s NCAA Midwest Regional. She clocked in at 21:38 to finish at 175th.
Rounding out the top five finishers for Minnesota was Katie Moraczewski, who finished in 190h at 21:48.
The final two Gophers to cross the line to close out the 2011 season were Laura Docherty and Cassy Opitz. Docherty ran a 21:53 race which was good for 200th overall and Opitz finished with a time of 22:18 for 234th place.
Georgetown, who finished fourth a year ago were crowned team champions after finishing with 162 points. Washington was right behind the Hoyas with 170 points for second place. Defending team champions Villanova took third with 181 team points.
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