Women's Cross Country Wins NCAA Midwest Region Title

Women's Cross Country Wins NCAA Midwest Region Title

Rock Island, Ill., Nov. 14, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's cross country team had six runners finish in the top-30 en route to winning the 2015 NCAA Division III Midwest Region Cross Country Championships Saturday at Saukie Golf Course. The WashU men finished eighth at the Regional.

The WashU women scored 68 points to repeat as the NCAA Midwest Region champions, and earn the seventh regional title in school history. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh finished as the runner-up with 106 points to claim the other automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. WashU previously won the NCAA Midwest Region Championship in 2002, 2005-07, 2011 and 2014.

The WashU men scored 174 points to finish eighth overall. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the title with 54 points, while North Central College (Ill.) was second with 60. Just 15 points separated the fifth- through eighth-place teams in the meet.

The top-six runners for the WashU women all raced to All-Region honors by finishing in the top-35 – junior Sarah Curci (9th), freshman Ellie Degen (10th), sophomore Aly Wayne (13th), senior Ellen Toennies (14th), sophomore Alison Lindsay (22nd) and sophomore Anna Maurer (26th). Junior Ryan Becker (18th) and senior Josh Clark (29th) earned All-Region honors for the WashU men. Curci, Toennies, Lindsay and Clark were all repeat All-Region performers from last season, while the others earned the honor for the first time in their careers.

RESULTS

WOMEN – 6K (271 runners)
1. Lucy Ramquist (UW-Eau Claire) – 21:16.2
9. Sarah Curci – 21:30.5
10. Ellie Degen – 21:33.6
13. Aly Wayne – 21:37.9
14. Ellen Toennies – 21:38.7
22. Alison Lindsay – 21:49.7
26. Anna Maurer – 22:04.8
50. Kimberly Johnson – 22:42.7

MEN – 8K (260 runners)
1. Ian LaMere (UW-Platteville) – 23:31.5
18. Ryan Becker – 24:47.0
29. Josh Clark – 24:54.7
38. David O'Gara – 25:12.3
43. Ben Rosenkranz – 25:21.5
46. Adam Streicher – 25:24.9
51. Alex Goldberg – 25:30.9

Up Next: The WashU women's team will return to action at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 21, in Oshkosh, Wis. The WashU men will await an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be announced Sunday, Nov. 15.