Women’s Cross Country Finishes 8th at NCAA Champs

Junior Brittany Bowman earns All-American honors with her top-20 finish

The No. 6 Tufts women’s cross country team finished eighth out of 32 teams at the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Championship Nov. 19 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Junior Brittany Bowman garnered All-American honors with an 18th-place finish in a field of 280 runners on the 6-kilometer course. It was the best by an individual Jumbo runner at the national meet since 2013, when Abby Barker finished 16th.

The eighth-place team finish was the second best by the Jumbos since the 2006 season, when they finished fifth. This is the fourth consecutive national championship in which the Jumbos have competed; they have qualified for the national meet eight times in program history.

As she has been six times this season, Bowman was the Jumbos’ top finisher at nationals with a time of 21:05.7. She improved on her 82nd-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championship. She won the 2016 NCAA Regional Championship on Nov. 12.

For the season, the women’s team finished second at the James Earley Invitational and at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship and came in third overall at the NCAA Regional Championship.

Trevor Wenners, an intern in Tufts’ Sports Information Office, can be reached at trevor.wenners@tufts.edu.

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