FORT VANCOUVER, Wash. — University of Rio Grande juniors Maggie Dellinger and Lucy Williams finished 164th and 186th, respectively, at Saturday’s 2017 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site.
Dellinger, a native of Washington Court House, Ohio, finished the 5k course in a time of 19:35, while Williams – who hails from Athens, Ohio – crossed in a time of 19:45.
A total of 338 runners participated in the championship race, with Oklahoma City’s Aminat Olowora capturing her second-straight individual crown. The senior, who set the national championship 5k record at last year’s national championship, covered the course in 16:50.
Rounding out the top five individuals were Jessica Perkinson of Southern Oregon (17:20), Symonds, Lydia Mato of Oklahoma City (17:31) and Molly Vitale-Sullivan of College of Idaho (17:36).
For the fifth time in six years, British Columbia claimed the team championship. The Thunderbirds, who also claimed banners in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, scored 109 total points.
Wayland Baptist (Texas) claimed second-place in the team race with 125 points, followed by Oklahoma City (137 points), Aquinas (Mich.) (181 points) and Taylor (Ind.) (232 points).
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.