Women’s Cross Country: Dons Rank 10th in Nation, Highest in Program History

USF has been accustomed to very successful seasons in women’s cross country during the past couple of years, and 2013 is no exception. The Dons finished yet another fantastic regular season with a tenth place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational held in Madison, Wis. on Oct. 19. The Dons are now ranked tenth in the nation, the highest ranking in the history of the program. The experienced squad received numerous impressive times from many runners.

Senior Bridget Dahlberg clocked the best time for USF, coming in at 20:24 in the 6,000-meter race. Not far behind her was senior Eva Krchova, who finished only 17 seconds later with a time of 20:41. With 17 of the best teams and 288 of the best runners in the nation contending against them, Dahlberg finished 31st in the entire race and Krchova finished 55th.

“I am satisfied with how we ran today,” head coach Helen Lehman- Winters told USFDons.com. “We ran well as a unit but we got buried in the start. This meet was great practice for what we will face at the NCAA Championships in November and I know our women learned from this experience.”

Other contributors from the USF squad were seniors Sophie Curl and Maor Tiyouri. Curi finished 73rd in the meet with a time of 20:54, and Tiyouri finished 82nd with a time of 20:58. Sophomore Elena Burkard, junior Kate Jamboretz, and senior Laura Suur all held their own in the race as well.

Overall, USF finished the regular season at tenth in the nation, and the team has been able to attain its success for many years under Lehman-Winters. The Dons have been one of the top-ranked teams in the nation since 2011. USF has also been ranked in the top 30 schools in the nation ever since the beginning of the 2012 season, and will be looking to further its success in the upcoming WCC Championships.

“Now we can focus on preparing for our conference championships and keep working on things we need to do to be effective at the end of the season when it matters most,” Lehman-Winters told USFDons. com.

The WCC Championships will take place in Malibu, Calif. on Nov. 2. The Dons have won four straight conference championships, and it looks as if this team is more than capable of winning yet another title. After the WCC championships, the NCAA West Regionals will occur on Nov. 15 in Sacramento, and the NCAA Championships will be on Nov. 23 in Indiana.

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