Tiger Women's Cross Country Finishes 16th at NCAA Championships

Tiger Women's Cross Country Finishes 16th at NCAA Championships

Elsah, Illinois – Trinity's women's cross country team finished 16th at the 2017 NCAA Championships meet on Saturday afternoon.



Trinity University competed as a team at nationals for the first time since finishing 20th at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

This year's 16th-place finish is the third-best in school history, behind the 2008 squad that finished sixth and the 2012 team that was 12th at nationals. The Tigers were actually tied with Wheaton (IL) College in 15th place, but lost the tiebreaker to fall back one slot.

Molly McCullough became the third All-American in Trinity cross country history with a 38th-place finish at this year's race, finishing in 21:37.10. That finish is the third-best in school history at the NCAA Championships meet, and she is the first Tiger cross country All-American since 2009.

McCullough finished 65th as an individual at last year's nationals, which was the best finish in school history for a sophomore at the time.

Laura Taylor broke McCullough's sophomore record with her performance today, though, racing to the line in 21:53.50 for a 57th-place finish.

Senior Haley McFadden was 67th with her time of 21:58.60 to round out Trinity's top three finishers in her first trip to the NCAA event.

Senior Emma MacEachern is competing in her second nationals meet, qualifying as an individual in 2015. MacEachern's time today was more than 13 seconds faster than her last NCAA Championship event.

In their first trip to nationals, sophomore Brianna Ratliff and senior Melissa Whitman were fourth and sixth on the team, respectively. First-year Jordan Juran rounded out Trinity's top seven at the event.