Big Green earns 20th in NCAA National Championships| 11/23/14 5:03pm
A 20th-place finish at the NCAA National Championships on Saturday capped off the women’s cross-country season.
Dana Giordano ’16, who fell one kilometer into the six-kilometer race, finished in 45th place in 20:49 and earned 33 points for Dartmouth. Giordano was just shy of All-American honors, which she earned at last year’s national championships. The honors are designated for for the first 40 runners to finish.
Each of Dartmouth’s scoring athletes crossed the finish line within 80 seconds of Giordano. Sarah DeLozier ’15 completed the six-kilometer distance in 20:53 to finish 52nd overall.
Claudia Pham ’15 placed 160th in 21:37, Sarah Bennett ’16 placed 189th in 21:50 and Reid Watson ’16 placed 202nd in 21:57. Together, they comprised the team scoring for the Big Green.
Dartmouth’s 508 points earned the Big Green 20th overall in team scoring. Michigan State University took the team title with 85 points, 62 points ahead of runner-up Iowa State University. Junior Kate Avery of Iona College ran away with the individual victory, finishing in 19:31, more than eight seconds faster than her nearest competitor.
Helen Schlachtenhaufen ’17 and Alison Lanois ’15, finishing 231st in 22:27 and 241st in 22:49, also ran for the Big Green’s seven-person team.
The team, which qualified for nationals with an at-large bid, was the lone Ivy League team represented.
This marks the 10th time that the Dartmouth women have qualified for nationals as a team. It is also the first time the team has qualified in consecutive years since it did six times consecutively from 1992-97.
Last fall, the women placed 16th in nationals, led by the individual victory of Abbey D’Agostino ’14.