Hanover, Ind., Nov. 23, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's cross country team finished fourth and the women finished 21st at the 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships hosted by Hanover College Saturday.
The Washington U. men finished in the top-five for the third year in a row, and in the top-10 for the fifth consecutive year. The Bears scored 167 points to finish fourth in the team standings after placing fifth in 2012 and third in 2011. St. Olaf College scored 84 points to edge two-time defending champion North Central College (Ill.) for the national title by two points. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse finished third with 155 points.
Junior Lucy Cheadle led the Washington U. women to a 21st-place finish in the team standings with 499 points. Johns Hopkins University repeated as the women's national champion by scoring 85 points. Cheadle became just the second runner in Washington University women's cross country history to earn All-America honors three times in her career, as she raced to a fifth-place finish overall. Taryn Surtees (2008-10) is the only other runner in WUSTL women's history to be a three-time All-American. Cheadle's fifth-place showing was also tied for the second-highest individual finish in WUSTL women's history.
Senior Kevin Sparks and junior Drew Padgett each earned All-America honors for the Washington University men. Sparks finished 18th overall to repeat as an All-American, while Padgett earned the first All-America honor of his career with a 25th-place finish. Junior Garrett Patrick just missed out on All-America honors (top-35 individuals) by finishing 38th overall. It was just the second time in school history that the Washington University men have had multiple All-Americans in the same season. The only other time was in 2011 when Michael Burnstein (10th) and Tucker Hartley (30th) each earned the accolade.
MEN – 8K – 275 runners
18. Kevin Sparks – 25:08.0
25. Drew Padgett – 25:12.5
38. Garrett Patrick – 25:27.2
51. Michael Ellenberger – 25:33.2
102. Elliott Petterson – 25:54.4
141. Brett Baker – 26:12.2
184. Ryan Senci – 26:28.8
WOMEN – 6K – 280 runners
5. Lucy Cheadle – 21:28.3
149. Lizzy Handschy – 22:55.7
152. Ellen Toennies – 22:57.0
171. Annie Marggraff – 23:07.1
193. Sarah Curci – 23:18.8
208. Kathleen Valadez – 23:27.3
257. Elizabeth Worley – 24:04.5