SPOKANE, Wash. - For the 22nd time in 27 years, the Mountaineer women's cross country team finished in the top three at the National Championships. This year the Mountaineers placed third with two All-Americans at the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, Washington.
The Mountaineers scored 194 points, finishing behind Adams State (91) and champion Grand Valley State (54). It is the second consecutive title for the Lakers.
Senior Anna Marshall (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) led the way for Western, finishing in 19th place. Marshall finished the 6,000-meter course in a time of 21:34.2 to earn her first All-American title.
Julie Pack (So., Phoenix, Ariz.) earned her second cross country All-American title and third overall, finishing 35th with a time of 21:46.8. Pack was an All-American last year in cross country and earned All-American status in the 3,000-meter run at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2013.
University of Mary's Jennifer Agnew won the individual title with a time of 20:50.7.
Just missing the All-American cut was Western's Melanie Becic (Jr., Portland, Ore.). With a time of 21:54.0 Becic finished 44th, just four places off from earning the honor. Amy Penn (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 70th with a time of 22:22.8 and teammate Tara Richardson (Sr., Wiggins, Colo.) finished just behind in 71st place with a time of 22:23.0. Cassie Ortiz (Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.) finished 76th with a time of 22:25.2 and Torie Weprin (Jr., Lafayette, Colo.) round out the Mountaineer runners with a 129th place finish (22:52.0).