Olivet brings home third place in NAIA Nationals; Ellingboe, Dean named All-Americans
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. – It took a total team effort from the Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team to bring home a trophy from the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championship held on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Vancouver, Wash. The Tigers were the only team to have all five of their qualifiers finish in fewer than 19 minutes. Less than two minutes separated top four teams, with the Tigers bring home third place.
“Our ladies had a great day and it resulted in our program’s first national meet trophy,” said head coach Mike McDowell. “Just as they have done all season, this was a total team effort.”
Olivet, who entered the race ranked 4th, finished with a team time of 1:33:27. The University of British Columbia brought home the team championship with a time of 1:31.36, while the College of Idaho finished second at 1:31.43. Rounding out the top five were California State University – San Marcos and Carroll University (Wis.).
Senior Kortney Ellingboe (Hamilton, Ill.) and freshman Grace Dean (Lindenhurst, Ill.) both were recognized as NAIA All-Americans for their performances. Ellingboe finished the 5k race in 10th place, crossing the finish line in 18:18. Dean finished in 18:29 in 20th place.
“It was a great end to my senior year of cross country,” said Ellingboe after the race. “I’m glad to have shared it with all the girls that made it here with me.”
Junior Leah Livingston (Gibson City, Ill.) posted a time of 18:50 to finish in 31st place, while Janina Roche (Crete, Ill.) came in 35th with a time of 18:54. Rounding out the top five was junior Chantalle Falconer (Byron, Ill.) who finished at 18:56 in 37th place.
“Even though I had no idea what to expect going into the race, I set my eyes on Kortney’s back and held on,” said Dean. “I knew the rest of the girls were right behind me, pushing me to achieve the spot as an All-American. Being a freshman, this is such a great experience and I can’t wait to see what God has for me in the future.”
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this team and the season,” concluded McDowell. “I’m very proud of these young ladies.”