Originally Published: November 23, 2017 10 p.m.
Keili Dorn finished 37th overall with a 18:28 time, Emma Lewis crossed the finish line in 73rd with an 18:58 time and the Embry-Riddle women’s cross-country team finished 14th overall at the NAIA Cross-Country National Championships on Nov. 18.
“We knew going into the meet that we were under-ranked all season,” Embry-Riddle head coach Chris Bray said. “The last polls showed us being tied for 26th, and that just gave the team even more reason to step up.”
A total of 338 runners participated in the national 5K event in Vancouver, Washington. Embry-Riddle accumulated 434 total team points. National champion British Columbia won the event with 109 total points.
Rachel Chrisman finished 79th overall with a 19:01 time, Jessica Embro was 87th with a 19:06 and Sarrah Boughan wrapped up the Eagles’ Top 5 with a 20:01 time, good enough for 158th overall.
Matthew Siegel had one of the best performances of his young career as the sophomore finished 41st overall with a 25:49 time. Jordan Bramblett took 94th with a 26:25 and the Eagles finished 21st overall as a team with 505 total points.
British Columbia won nationals with an impressive team total of only 41 points as three of their runners finished in the Top 8.
“We were really in the mix of scoring on the men’s side. Being within striking distance of some very good teams was exciting,” Bray said. “Especially when you consider we traded out three solid seniors from last season for three freshman. Our future looks bright.”
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