MIAC well-represented at Cross Country National Championships

MIAC well-represented at Cross Country National Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) was well-represented by four teams and three individuals at Saturday's 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. The St. Olaf men and St. Thomas women each turned in a top-20 finish to lead the way, and the MIAC had numerous runners turn in outstanding times.

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The Ole men completed their fifth-straight MIAC championship in October and, Saturday, Head Coach Phil Lundin's team turned in another solid performance on the sport's biggest stage. St. Olaf finished 15th with a score of 384 points and five runners that all finished in the top 104 of the team race and top 149 overall.

Ole senior and MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Year Joe Coffey had the league's top individual performance as he finished 23rd overall (16th in the team race) with an 8k time of 24:46.7. St. Olaf also got strong showings from Thomas Lerdall (121/82 – 25:30.9), William Anderson (130/90 – 25:35.1), Alex Berthe (132/92 – 25:36.0) and Keith Ketola (149/104 – 25.42.9), as all four finished between 121st and 149th overall and between 82nd and 104th in the team race to give St. Olaf's its top-15 score.

Individually, Saint Mary's senior Jovan Newsum also had a strong performance, as he qualified for the race as an individual. He finished 66th and completed the course in 25:14.0 and was the second MIAC runner across the finish line. Saint John's Ryan Bugler also qualified as an individual, but was tripped and injured and did not finish the race.

The conference was extremely well-represented with three women's teams and one individual in their 6k championship race. MIAC champion St. Thomas led the way with a 20th-place finish with a score of 497. Carleton scored 566 to finish 28th and Central Region champ St. Olaf finished 32nd with a score of 714. Macalester's Kimber Meyer, running as an individual, had the MIAC's top performance as she finished 49th with a time of 21:36.2.

St. Thomas had a trio of runners lead the way in its No. 20 finish, with Alex Fossum finishing 81st overall and 49th in the team race with a time of 21:48.8. Bridget McGivern was 119th overall (77th in the team race) in 22:03.7 and Kayla Janto finished in 22:15.1 (144th overall, 95th team race). St. Olaf's Mary Naas was the MIAC's No. 2 runner in 61st place (36th team race) with a time of 21:42.3) and Carleton was led by the trio of Emily Kaegi (93/56 – 21:55.4), Samantha Schnirring (124/81 – 22:06.3) and Claire Trujillo (150/101 – 22:17.7).

North Central won the men's national championship and Johns Hopkins claimed the women's national title. The Championship was run under mostly cloudy skies, windy conditions and 40 degree temperatures on the course at E.P "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The event was co-hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission and Spalding University.

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