Virginia Beach, VA - The Warren Wilson Owls cross country teams finished off a successful season today with a strong showing at the USCAA National Championships.
The women ran first and placed 5th out of the 11 teams. Senior Sophie Willihnganz led them home, placing 22nd overall in a time of 26:43 for the 6K. Willihnganz's time was more than a minute faster than she ran last year on the course and similarly junior Ellie Goldstein, who was next in for the Owls running 28:26, also lowered her previous best time on the Virginia Beach nationals course. Sophomore Kiersten Keith-Pedersen was the third runner in for the team with a time of 29:58 and was followed by sophomore EllaJane Nelson at 30:31, for a 42 second improvement on her previous 6K time. New runners this year freshmen Emme Mcmannus and Ellei Burmeister also pushed hard finishing in 32:56 and 34:02 respectively. Asked what they thought of the race, a couple of women replied "it's a really good race for everybody and it was awesome!"