Women's Cross Country & Half Marathon

Harper captures its program's first DIII championship


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – With three runners finishing in the top 10 of the women's 5k race at the 2016 NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, Harper (Ill.) won its first-ever women's national title Saturday on the Bruce Bridgman Cross Country Course. 

  • Harper tallied 36 points to outpace runner-up Columbus State's (OH) 79
  • Sophmore Ali Gutt of Harper won the individual title with time of 19:11.5 - the second-fastest time at the champoinship meet since 2012
  • Sophmore Dianne Barajas and freshman Natalie Cook of Harper placed fifth and seventh, respectively  
  • In total, five Harper runners finished in the top 20
  • Harper wins its first women's cross country title after national runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015
  • Harper is first team outside of New York or New Jersey to win the DIII women's title since 2002 (Southwestern Indian Polytechnic, N.M.)

Photos courtesy of Finger Lakes Athletics 

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