Women Race to Fifth, Men Finish 16th at NCAA Championships

Women Race to Fifth, Men Finish 16th at NCAA Championships

Winneconne, Wis., Nov. 21, 2015 – Senior Ellen Toennies became the sixth individual in Washington University in St. Louis women's cross country history to race to a top-10 finish to lead the Bears to a fifth-place team finish at the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships Saturday at Lake Breeze Golf Club. The WashU men finished 16th overall in the team standings.

The WashU women had five runners in the top-100 of the 280-person race, scoring 193 points. Williams College won the women's team title with 81 points. Just 14 points separated the second- through fifth-place teams as SUNY Geneseo (179) and MIT (182) finished second and third, respectively. WashU was edged by three-time defending champion Johns Hopkins University (188) for the fourth-place spot. It is the ninth time in WashU history that the Bears have finished in the top-five at the national meet.

The WashU men had two runners in the top-50 as the Bears finished 16th overall with 420 points. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the team title with 135 points, while Williams was second with 144.

Toennies ran a season-best 6K time of 21:33.8 to finish ninth overall for All-America honors. It is the third year in a row and fourth time in the last five years that WashU has had a runner finish in the top-10 of the women's race. The WashU men also had one All-American as junior Ryan Becker placed 21st overall with a time of 24:47.6. He is just the seventh different individual in WashU men's cross country history to earn All-America honors.


WOMEN – 6K (280 runners)
1. Abrah Masterson (Cornell College) – 21:23.1
9. Ellen Toennies – 21:33.8
47. Aly Wayne – 21:54.1
56. Sarah Curci – 22:00.7
79. Ellie Degen – 22:12.6
98. Alison Lindsay – 22:20.4
126. Anna Maurer – 22:31.1  
175. Bri Tiffany – 22:49.8

MEN – 8K (278 runners)
1. Ian LaMere (UW-Platteville) – 23:35.4
21. Ryan Becker – 24:47.6
43. Josh Clark – 25:08.0
151. Adam Streicher – 25:46.7
165. Alex Goldberg – 25:52.9
180. Ben Rosenkranz – 25:57.7
182. Peter Johnsrud – 25:58.2
219. David O'Gara – 26:12.3