St. Olaf College cruises to title at 2010 MIAC Women's Cross Country Championships

St. Olaf College cruises to title at 2010 MIAC Women's Cross Country Championships

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2010 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women’s Cross Country Championships were held Saturday at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn. It was St. Olaf College celebration as the Oles claimed the team title and the top two individual places in the meet. The Oles’ Maren Westby pulled ahead of teammate Emma Lee at the end.

St. Olaf was the dominant team at the championship meet with a team score of 53 and a 36-point margin of victory. The Oles placed all seven of its scorers in the top 27 and three earned All-MIAC by finishing in the top 15. St. Thomas was second in what turned out to be an extremely close finish among the next four teams. The Tommies had 89 to be the runner up, Carleton was third with 92, Gustavus was fourth with 93 and Bethel finished fifth with 95.

The rest of the field, in order was Saint Benedict (121), Hamline (180), Concordia (190), Macalester (252), Saint Mary’s (315), St. Catherine (330).
 
Westby and Lee were running side-by-side down the final stretch, but Westby out-kicked her teammate in the final meters to finish as the individual champ with a time of 22:00.7. Lee was the runner up with a time of 22:01.7. Carleton’s Simone Childs-Walker had another good MIAC showing with a time of 22:24.8 and a third-place finish. St. Thomas’ Taylor Berg was fourth with a time of 22:38.2 and Hamline’s Jessica Kociscak finished fifth at 22:44.9.
 
Allie Metzler (22:47.5) from St. Thomas finished sixth. Gustavus’ Kate Eggers (22:56.2) took seventh, Carleton’s Alison Smyth (23:01.4) finished eighth, Bethel’s Kayla Jelen (23:09.5) took ninth and St. Thomas’ Erin Statz (23:10.3) rounded out the top 10. The rest of the All-MIAC team (top 15) in order was: Gustavus’ Kim Rostvold, Bethel’s Alex Potter, Gustavus’ Elizabeth Hauer, Bethel’s Cara Donohue and St. Olaf’s Sophie Pietrick.
 
2010 MIAC Women's Cross Country Championship Results
 
The 2010 MIAC Cross Country Championships were hosted by St. Catherine University.
 
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