Women's Cross Country Team Gains Ground

News Release Date:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women's cross country team continues to gain ground in the regional and national rankings.

The Missionaries, based on their strong performance at the recent Charles Bowles Invitational, made a big jump this week in the NCAA Division III national rankings, vaulting from No. 35 to No. 25.

Meanwhile, in the West Region ranking, Whitman moved from No. 4 to No. 3, trailing only top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Northwest Conference rival Lewis & Clark.

Whitman's higher rankings reflect its seventh-place showing in a field of 16 teams at the Charles Bowles Invitational, which attracted schools from all three NCAA divisions.

Lewis & Clark was the only Division III school that finished higher than Missionaries. Junior Emilie Gilbert paced Whitman in that race, placing ninth among 175 runners.

The Whitman cross country teams are off this weekend but then compete Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Boxer Rebellion in Forest Grove, Ore.

That is Whitman's final race before the Northwest Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Willamette Mission State Park near Brooks, Ore.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu