Women's Cross Country Wins Fifth NCAA Title

November 22, 2008

The Middlebury College women's cross country team won its fifth NCAA Championship with a convincing victory at the race held in Hanover, Indiana. The Panthers previously won titles in '00, '01, '03 and '06, earning the 29th national title for Middlebury College since '95. Along with the eight NCAA men's hockey titles, women's cross country, women's lacrosse and women's hockey have each won five national crowns at Middlebury.

The Panthers ended the race with 179 points, 59 points ahead of second-place Calvin (237). Williams (240), Wartburg (284) and Wisconsin-Eau Claire (310) rounded out the top five.

Senior Alexandra Krieg, who earned a top 10 finish for the third straight year, led the Panthers in sixth place with a time of 21:14, 21 seconds off the winning pace. Sophomore Hannah Meier finished the race in 39th place (21:52) for the Panthers. 

Behind Krieg and Meier were a pack of three rookies, who won a title in their first fall on campus. Elise Moody-Roberts came in 57th place (22:04) in the 279-woman race, followed by Claire McIlvennie in 78th place (22:16). Margo Cramer was next for the Panthers in 98th place (22:29) overall, to round out Middlebury's scorers.

First-year racer Cate Brown came in 116th (22:37) for Middlebury, while sophomore Sophia Spring rounded out the squad with a 153rd place finish (22:54).