BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Dartmouth women’s cross country team is headed to the 2017 NCAA Championship after finishing second at the Northeast Regional Friday morning.
The Big Green are now the Ivy League’s all-time leader in NCAA Championships as 2017 will mark their 12th appearance at the national meet, one more than Princeton, with whom they were tied entering the day.
The 2017 NCAA National Championship Meet will take place next Saturday, Nov. 18 at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The women’s race is set to begin at 10:45 a.m.
Sophomore Julia Stevenson’s ninth-place finish in 22:04.6 paced Dartmouth to one of the two automatic berths to come from the regional race.
The Big Green secured one of those spots with 115 team points on the 6K Audubon Golf Course in western New York. That total helped them narrowly edge out third-place Syracuse, who finished with 117 points, a scant two behind the team from Hanover. Providence won the meet with 85 points.
Stevenson was one of three Dartmouth runners to earn All-Ivy League recognition at Heps two weeks ago, claiming second-team honors. She stepped up her game on a more national level with her top-10 finish on Friday.
A conference first teamer, junior Olivia Lantz also performed well in Buffalo, running to 13th overall in a field of more than 250 individuals. Lantz crossed in 21:17.7.
Where the Big Green really excelled was where their three-four-five scoring runners placed, helping lock up a spot in Louisville.
Freshman Ella Ketchum was 28th in 22:32.2 with classmate Glenny Murphy taking 31st overall as she crossed the line in 22:35.0. Fittingly, it was a senior that took the last scoring spot soon thereafter with Leigh Moffett running a 22:38.1 to lock up 34th and punch Dartmouth’s ticket to nationals.
Fellow senior Bridget O’Neill was 39th overall, and though she missed out on registering points, her 22:40.9 helped the Green to a solid day with strong performances top to bottom. Lillian Anderson’s 55th-place showing in 22:53.1 was further proof of the balanced performances that helped Dartmouth back to the national stage for the first time as a team since 2014.
Check back with DartmouthSports.com this week for updates regarding the team’s upcoming trip to the Blue Grass State.