Cross Country Teams End Season Strong

The UChicago cross country teams finished the season strong at the NCAA Championships with top 12 finishes for both the men’s and women’s teams.

By Matthew Lee, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The University of Chicago’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams performed admirably to close out the 2018 season at Saturday’s 2018 NCAA Division III cross-country championships at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Both squads placed top 12, and two individual runners earned All-American honors. 

On the women’s team, second-year runner Sophie Elgamal earned All-American honors as she took 26th place with a 21:46.9 six-kilometer race, a time significantly faster than the 22:08.1 that she ran at the NCAA Midwest Regional just a week before. With the help of her fellow point-scorers—first-year Lucy Jeffs; second-years Emma Dyer and Abigail Shoemaker; and third-years Maggie Boudreau and Claire Brockway—women’s cross-country earned 353 points and took 11th of 32 teams, a three-spot improvement from their 2017 14th-place finish. women’s cross-country has qualified for the NCAA Division III championships for nine straight years. 

Meanwhile, second-year Ryan Cutter, of the men’s cross-country team, finished the eight-kilometer race in 24:51.4, placing 20th and earning All-American honors. Eight-kilometer runner Henry Myers placed 52nd in the same race, an astonishing showing from a first-year. Other scorers on the men’s team include first-year Sam Craig, second-year Chase Gardner, third-years Andrew Kates and Tim Koenning, and fourth-year Ansel Richards. The men’s team came 12th of 32 teams overall with a cumulative 390 points. Saturday’s meet was the men’s cross-country team’s first appearance at the NCAA Division III championships since 2015. 

Thus concludes a successful 2018 season for the men’s and women’s cross-country teams. Based on the strong performances on Saturday by the Maroon’s pair of second-year All-Americans, however, there seems to be much to look forward to in the seasons to come.