Campbell, Follett Lead UW to 8th at NCAA Championships
Nov. 19, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Washington women's cross country team established a new high for the program today with an 8th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Junior Anita Campbell and sophomore Katie Follett both earned All-American honors, the first for UW since 2001.
In the previous 31 years of UW women's cross country, the Huskies' best finish was 9th-place in 1998. This year's team topped that effort by one spot this morning at the LaVern Gibson Championships Course. Stanford won the women's title for the third-straight year with 145 points, followed by Oregon with 177, and Florida State with 236. The Huskies were eighth with 358 points, one single point behind Northern Arizona (357) for seventh. Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego successfully defended her 2006 crown, winning in a time of 19:30.
Campbell and Follett finished in matching times of 20:43, with Follett getting the slight edge at the end to place 19th while Campbell was 20th. They become the eighth and ninth women's All-Americans in Husky history, and the first since Lisa Gibbs in 2001. It is also the first time the Huskies have had two All-Americans in the same season. Furthermore, Campbell and Follett's performances were the first top-20 showings since Tara Carlson was 8th in 1995.
Next among Husky finishers was junior Amanda Miller, who placed 108th in a time of 21:36. Freshman Mel Lawrence was fourth for UW in 117th-place, clocking 21:42. Running fifth for the Huskies was senior Trisha Rasmussen, who placed 201st in her first NCAA Championships that doubled as her final run for the Dawgs. Junior Dani Schuster and freshman Lauren Saylor rounded out UW's top-seven.
Washington will be poised for even greater things in 2008, as they return six of their top-seven, losing only Rasmussen.
In the men's race, No. 1-ranked Oregon captured the team title, and Liberty's Josh McDougal won the individual crown. For complete results from the NCAA Championships, visit www.ncaasports.com.
NCAA Cross Country Championships
Terre Haute, Ind.; LaVern Gibson Course
Nov. 19, 2007
Women's Results (6,000m)
Top-10 Teams: 1. Stanford 145; 2. Oregon 177; 3. Florida State 236; 4. Arizona State 251; 5. Michigan State 321; 6. Illinois 331; 7. Northern Arizona 357; 8. Washington 358; 9. West Virginia 375; 10. Iowa 387; 11. Florida 391; 12. Minnesota 393; 13. Arkansas 406; 14. Princeton 409; 15. Colorado State 410.
Individual Champion: Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech, 19:30.
Husky Finishers: 19. Katie Follett, 20:43; 20. Anita Campbell, 20:43; 108. Amanda Miller 21:36; 117. Marie Lawrence 21:42; 201. Trisha Rasmussen 22:26; 236. Dani Schuster, 23:07; 253. Lauren Saylor, 24:25.