Women’s Cross Country Finishes 18th in National Championships


ST. LEO, Fla. – The Fort Hays State women’s cross country team finished 18th at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships on a sun-drenched Saturday morning in central Florida. The Tigers picked up 473 team points en route to their 18th-place finish, the best finish for an MIAA team at the national meet this year. A total of 244 runners took to the six-kilometer course, with 32 schools vying for the national title.

Shea Bonine led the Tigers to the line in 21:34.4, finishing 41st after passing nine runners over the final kilometer. Senior Micki Krzesinski wrapped up her career with an 88th-place finish, crossing the line in 22:14.8. Sophie Dalmasso followed closely behind, wrapping up in 22:22.0 to finish 102nd. Chelsea Jackson traversed the course in 22:45.5, good for 142nd. Yessenia Gonzales rounded out the scoring for the Tigers in 185th, completing the race in 23:28.3.

Grand Valley State took home the team title with 116 team points aided by individual champion Kendra Foley, who won the race in 20:01.8, a new meet record at the 6k distance. MIAA champion Southwest Baptist finished 21st as a team with 509 points.

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