It was a great day for the conference championship in Mount Hope, WV at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The weather could not have been better for the Lady Bearcats final race of the season. Rio Grande's women's team won the competition overall with a score of 53. The overall individual winner in the women's 5000 meter race was Katy Falkenberg of Asbury University in a time of 19:16.5.
Senior Courtney Naas was first across the line for the Lady Bearcats finishing 26th with a time of 22:44.5. Courtney was followed closely by freshman Claire Ratliff who finished 28th with a time of 22:50.1. Next across the line was junior Makenzie Jackson finishing 63rd with a time of 26:03.2. Rounding out the top five for the Lady Bearcats were freshman Autumn Tonkins and Megan Myers, both of whom this was their first collegiate cross country race. Tonkins crossed the line in 67th with a time of 26:46.1. Myers crossed in 73rd with a time of 30:59.4.
"I was very happy with how our ladies finished the season. They ran extremely well on a very challenging course. Courtney ran well and led our team in her final cross country race as a Brescia University Lady Bearcat. Autumn and Megan both step in for us and ran well. I could not be more pleased with how the season ended," said Coach Stoffel.
The Lady Bearcats will take a couple weeks off and then start training for indoor track season.