Two A-10 Cross Country Runners Earn All-American Status After NCAA Championships
Nov. 18, 2012
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Four Atlantic 10 runners and the Butler women's team all competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championship run Saturday afternoon. Two runners, A-10 individual champions Katie Clark (Butler) and Travis Mahoney (Temple), both earned the honor.
Clark earned All-America honors, but a missing shoe may have cost Butler a chance at a best-ever team finish at the Championship. The Bulldogs wound up 29th in the national meet. Butler, coming off a fourth place finish at the Great Lakes Regional and a team championship in the Atlantic 10 Conference, entered the national meet as the No. 26-ranked team in the nation. And the Bulldogs, led by All-Region runners Clark and junior Kirsty Legg, had hopes of improving on the school-record 24th place finish of 2005.
But 600 meters into the race, Legg had her foot stepped on and she lost her shoe. She continued to run the rest of the 6K layout with just one shoe and wound up placing 225th in 21:46.3.
Clark continued her outstanding season by finishing 22nd overall and becoming Butler's second women's cross country runner to earn All-America recognition. She finished the race in 20:03.8, just three seconds shy of a "Top 15" individual finish.
Sophomore Mara Olson was Butler's second runner to cross the finish line, coming in 117th in 20:53.6, while freshman Olivia Pratt came in 195th in 21:29.6. Senior Lauren McKillop followed Legg and finished 229th in 21:48, senior Kaitlyn Love came in 241st in 22:04.7 and junior Shelbi Burnett wound up 253rd in 23:15.9.
For the second time in a calendar year, redshirt senior Travis Mahoney has once again been named an NCAA All-American. Closing out his illustrious five-year running career at Temple University, Mahoney capped it at the pinnacle by becoming the first Owl ever to be dealt the honors in cross country. The Old Bridge, Pa. native ran the 10K course at Saturday's NCAA Championships in 29:58.6 to place 37th overall.
Mahoney is the first Temple runner to be named a national All-American in both track and field and cross country. Back in May, Mahoney ran the steeplechase at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in the fifth-fastest to time to earn the title of First Team All-American,
Last season, Mahoney redshirted the cross country season in order to primarily focus on getting back to the NCAA Championships performing in the steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
In a culmination of her unforgettable senior cross country season, Meghan McGlinchey competed at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, finishing 148th (253-runner field). The West Deptford, N.J. native clocked a 21:04.7 (6K) at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, outperforming over 100 runners in the nation's premier cross country event of the fall.
McGlinchey concluded one of the most decorated cross country season in La Salle women's history on Saturday. The senior finished second in the Atlantic 10 Championships on October 27 and took home the silver at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on November 9, earning all-region honors.
Senior Jim Spisak completed his illustrious collegiate cross country career by placing 59th of 245 runners with a time of 30:25 at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships held Saturday in Louisville, Kent.
Spisak, who is the third DU runner in school history to qualify for NCAA's in cross country, turned in the highest finish ever by a Duquesne runner at the national championship event.
Betsy Saina of Iowa State captured the individual championship in 19:27.9, while Oregon claimed the team crown.