SACRAMENTO, California - For the third straight year, the Walsh Cavaliers women's cross country team embarked on the NCAA Division II National Championships. After back-to-back 12th place finishes, the Cavaliers improved by two spots as they finished tenth overall at Arcade Creek in Sacramento, California.
Walsh was tenth out of 34 teams, earning the program's best team finish at the National meet.
Andra Lehotay was the lead runner as she finished 41st overall. The senior clocked in for the 6K at 21:01.0, finishing a tenth of a second out of All-American status. She made up nine spots in the final 900 meters. Alexa Leppelemeier was 85th overall as the junior completed the course in 21:31.2 after she jumped 14 spots in the final stretch. Freshman Bridget Hahn was 1.6 seconds behind Leppelmeier in 90th place. Junior Claire Robertson gained four spots in the final 900 meters as she finished 111th with a time of 21:48.3 seconds. Senior Bre Bakan completed the 6K in 22:06.0 in 144th place as the fifth place Cavalier. Junior Karissa Sonneberger was 5.1 seconds behind in 151st place for the Cavaliers. Alyssa Viscounte rounded out the Cavaliers lineup with a final time of 22:49.1.
Head Coach Rob Mizicko said, "I could not be more proud of our women's team performance today. This was a true team effort. We have been a great pack running team this entire year and to come out of today with a top 10 finish feels real good. After finishing 12th the last 2 years with a front runner and then today finish 10th without a low stick scorer, shows that you can have great success in different ways within our sport. This women's team trained together to win together and that was on display in each and every meet they raced this year."