Women's Cross Country Runs to 12th Place Finish at NCAA Championship

WINNECONNE, Wis. – Racing in the NCAA Championship the Tufts women's cross country team brought home a 12th place finish.  The Jumbos were among three NESCAC teams that finished in the top 15 at the national race at the Lake Breeze Golf Course hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  

Natalie Bettez capped off a fantastic career at the NCAA Championships

Running in their sixth straight NCAA Championship race, the Jumbos received an at-large bid after finishing fifth in the New England Regional Championship last weekend.  And they continued their streak of national top 20 finishes going with their 12th place finish today. 

Senior Natalie Bettez was the first Jumbo finisher, crossing the line with a time of 22:06.1 for 45th place overall.  Senior Kelsey Tierney was the second Jumbo to finish, clocking a time of 22:31.4.  Senior Olivia Barnett's time of 22:40.5 was good for 116th place and earned points for the Jumbos.  The fourth finisher was senior Julia Noble, who came in 126th place with a time of 22:44.4.  Running in her first NCAA Championship, freshman Anna Slager ran a time of 22:51.6 which was fifth for the Jumbos and earned points. 

Also running for the Jumbos was junior Lydia Heely, who finished 149th with a time of 22:54.2 and classmate Jennifer Jackson, who finished 224th with a time of 23:33.1. 

Washington University St. Louis won the championship with a score of 98, just edging second place finisher, Johns Hopkins who finished with 99 points.  MIT was third with 247 points, Brandeis finished sixth with 277 points, followed by seventh-place Williams (283) and eighth-place Middlebury (301).  The Jumbos finished with 370 points. 

Paige Lawler of WashU was the individual winner, with a time of 20:55.0.  Kaitlyn Mooney of Coast Guard was the top New England finisher, with a time of 21:04.2 good for fourth place.  Sophia Gorman of Colby was the top NESCAC finisher, taking 11th place with a time of 21:28.6. 

The Jumbos had the best finish among NESCAC schools last year with a seventh place finish, and have a trend of top 20 finishes at the national meet.  The Jumbos also finished seventh in 2015 and were eighth in 2016.  Their streak of top 20 finishes stretches back further, as they were  16th in 2014 and 13th in 2013.