Women's Cross Country Finishes Sixth at Pre-Nationals

Women's Cross Country Finishes Sixth at Pre-Nationals

Elsah, Illinois - The 31st-ranked Trinity women's cross country team finished sixth and the Tiger men came in 25th at the Principia College Cowbell Invitational on Saturday.


"Very happy with the effort our teams gave today. It was hot out there, and the course was very challenging. Our men got out a little slow but they packed up and passed a good amount of runners throughout the 8k. Our women surprised a lot of people today, including ourselves. We had some huge PR's and then we also had a few get hit a bit harder with the heat. I'm looking forward to getting in a few more weeks of training and seeing how these teams do at SCAC."



The Tiger women scored 188 points in the 36-team 6k field, at the "Pre-Nationals." meet. Trinity was just three points behind fifth-place finisher - second-ranked Washington University in St. Louis (MO).

The women's race featured five teams from the top 10, including the winner, top-ranked Johns Hopkins (MD) University.

Laura Taylor placed 12th among some 330 runners in the 6k, clocking in with a personal-best time of 21:51.49. The mark is also the fourth best time in Trinity history.

Haley McFadden finished 16th with a PR of 22:02.75, which is the seventh-fastest time in school history.

Molly McCullough came in at 22:38.65 for 26th place, while Emma McEachern's 44th-place finish rounded out Trinity's runners in the top 50.

Brianna Ratliff posted a new PR at the distance, finishing in 23:55.1.

Trinity's men's team scored 674 points in the 38-team 8k field. Six top 10 teams competed in the race, including the winner and top-ranked North Central (IL) College.

Austin Brown was Trinity's top men's finisher, placing 141st in a pack of more than 350 runners. Blake Elliott finished 144th, just two seconds behind his teammate.

Principia College hosted the event, and will also be the host institution for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships November 18.



The Tiger teams will compete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships October 28 in Seguin, Texas.