PROVIDENCE, RI. - The Georgetown women's cross country team captured its first NCAA Championship on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind. It is the third-straight year a BIG EAST team has won the women's cross country championship, with Villanova winning the past two.
Villanova senior Sheila Reid placed first overall with a time of 19:41.2 to win her second-straight NCAA individual title. Finishing third was Georgetown senior Emily Inifeld 19:44.3. The BIG EAST had three teams finish in the top-10 with Georgetown first (162 points), Villanova third (181 points) and West Virginia eighth (297 points). Six BIG EAST individuals were honored with All-America selections by finishing in the top 40 at the championship.
The Hoyas, who finished second to the Wildcats at the BIG EAST Championship on Oct. 29 and shared the title with them at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional on Nov. 12 were led by Infield who finished in third place. The other top-five finishers for Georgetown were senior Claire Richardson who finished in 50th (33 team points), junior Emily Jones in 54th (36 team points), junior Kristen Kasper 64th (44 team points) and freshman Katrina Coogan in 67th (46 team points).
Villanova finished third, totaling 181 points behind Reid's performance. Bogdana Mimic finished sixth (four team points), Emily Lipari finished 55th (37 team points), Nicky Akande finished 60th (40 team points) Summer Cook crossed the line in 129th place (99 team points).
The Mountaineers placed eighth and were led by Kate Harrison who finished eighth (six team points). Kaitlyn Gillespie finished 27th (19 team points), Sarah-Anne Brault finished 68th (47 team points), Ahna Lewis finished 116th (88 team points) and Stephanie Aldea 172nd (137 team points).
Syracuse came in 17th and was led by senior Lauren Penney who placed 29th individually. Notre Dame finished in 22nd place as sophomore Kelly Curran who crossed the line 114th.
On the men's side, Villanova was the highest-finishing BIG EAST team in 13th with 352 points. Wisconsin was the national champion with 97 points. Senior Eric Finan of Cincinnati placed 25th as the top BIGEAST runner. Syracuse finished 15th with 395 points. The Orange were led by senior Pat Dupont, who finished in 37th place. Georgetown claimed 17th place while Providence finished 22nd, followedby Notre Dame in 24th place. Finan and Dupont both earned All-America honors.