Women's X-Country places fifth at NCAAs

by Sports Information Press Release | 11/26/96 6:00am

The Big Green women runners had their best ever finish at the NCAA Championships Monday, placing fifth out of 22 team.

In extreme heat, Jenna Rogers '98 finished first for the Big Green, placing 26th in a time of 18:16. Seniors Maribel Sanchez and Kristin Manwaring followed placing 36th and 49th respectively, in 18:25 and 18:36.

Top ranked and defending champions, Providence surprisingly finished 7th, while Stanford won the event with 101 points. Dartmouth had 211 points.

Coach Ellen O'Neil attributed the hot weather to some poor performances of Eastern schools.

"It was sunny and about 75--80 degrees, so it was really, really hot," she said in a press release. "Georgetown literally had some women crawling to the finish line, and several athletes passed out during the race."

Bethany Crenshaw '99 and Anne Devlin '00 rounded out the Big Green's top five.