Women's Cross Country & Half Marathon

Harper takes home third straight DIII national title


Westfield, MA – The Harper (IL) Hawks successfully completed their three-peat after taking home the 2018 NJCAA DIII Women's Cross Country National Championship for the third consecutive year. The Hawks scored a low-score of 38 on a wet and rainy Stanley Park 5k course.

Tyesha James on Kingsborough (NY) captured the individual title, narrowly edging Harper's Misbah Baig with a time of 19:30.83. Baig's second-place performance came in a time of 19:35.23. Overall, the Hawks placed three runners inside the top five to claim its third-straight title.

  • During the Hawks' three-year run, Harper has topped the second-place finisher by an average of 50.6 points.
  • Along with Baig, Harper was paced by Rachael Temple's fourth-place finish and Taylor Kresiss' fifth-place performance. Jessi Gessner and Roxanne Temple rounded out the scoring for the Hawks.
  • Baig's second-place finish was an improvement for the sophomore after placing third at the 2017 meet, also held at Stanley Park.
  • James' national championship performance came one year after a fourth-place finish. The individual title is the first by a Kingsborough runner.
  • Oxford Emory (GA) finished in second place with a team score of 89 points after Emily Elder placed third overall with a time of 19:53.20.
  • Taylor McClay finished eighth overall to guide Suffolk County (NY) to a third-place finish, the program's best finish since its national championship in 2015.
  • FIT (NY) and Hudson Valley (NY) rounded out the top-five team finishers.
  • The Harper women join the men's side in capturing the 2018 national title after the Hawk men claimed their eighth consecutive championship on Saturday.


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