NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship


NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship

Each autumn, beginning in 1981, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has hosted women's cross country championships for each of its three divisions. Teams and individual runners qualify for the championship at regional competitions approximately a week before the national championships.

Contents

Division I

The Division I national championship race included 13 teams in 1981, 16 teams from 1982 to 1988 and 22 teams from 1989 to 1997. Beginning in 1998, the national championship race has included 31 teams. Teams compete in one of nine regional championships to qualify. In addition to the 31 teams, 38 individual runners qualify for the national championship.[1]

The race distance from 1981 to 1999 was 5,000 meters. Since 2000 the race distance has been 6,000 meters.[2]

Villanova University has won more NCAA Division I women's titles (9) than any other school, followed by Stanford University with 5. Brigham Young University and North Carolina State University have competed in the most NCAA Division I women's championships (25). Villanova has had the most individual NCAA Division I women's cross country champions (8).[2]

Year Team Champion Individual Champion
1981 Virginia Betty Jo Springs, North Carolina State
1982 Virginia Lesley Welch, Virginia
1983 Oregon Betty Jo Springs, North Carolina State
1984 Wisconsin Cathy Branta, Wisconsin
1985 Wisconsin Suzie Tuffey, North Carolina State
1986 Texas Angela Chalmers, Northern Arizona
1987 Oregon Kimberly Betz, Indiana
1988 Kentucky Michelle Dekkers, Indiana
1989 Villanova Vicki Huber, Villanova
1990 Villanova Sonia O'Sullivan, Villanova
1991 Villanova Sonia O'Sullivan, Villanova
1992 Villanova Carole Zajac, Villanova
1993 Villanova Carole Zajac, Villanova
1994 Villanova Jennifer Rhines, Villanova
1995 Providence Kathy Butler, Wisconsin
1996 Stanford Amy Skieresz, Arizona
1997 Brigham Young Carrie Tollefson, Villanova
1998 Villanova Katie McGregor, Michigan
1999 Brigham Young Erica Palmer, Wisconsin
2000 Colorado Kara Grgas-Wheeler, Colorado
2001 Brigham Young Tara Chaplin, Arizona
2002 Brigham Young Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina
2003 Stanford Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina
2004 Colorado Kim Smith, Providence
2005 Stanford Johanna Nilsson, Northern Arizona
2006 Stanford Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech
2007 Stanford Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech
2008 Washington Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech
2009 Villanova Angela Bizzarri, Illinois[3]
2010 Villanova Sheila Reid, Villanova[4]
2011 Georgetown Sheila Reid, Villanova

Division II

The Division II national championship race included 8 teams in 1981, 11 teams from 1982 to 1992 and 17 teams from 1993 to 1999. Beginning in 2000, the national championship race has included 24 teams. Teams compete in one of eight regional championships to qualify. In addition to the 24 teams, 16 individual runners qualify for the national championship.[5]

The race distance from 1981 to 1997 was 5,000 meters. Since 1998 the race distance has been 6,000 meters.[6]

Year Host Team Champion Individual Champion
1981 Southeast Missouri State South Dakota State Eileen Kraemer, Cal Poly
1982 St Cloud State Cal Poly Amy Harper, Cal Poly
1983 Wisconsin-Parkside Cal Poly Amy Harper, Cal Poly
1984 Mississippi College Cal Poly Christine Ridenour, Southeast Missouri State
1985 East Stroudsburg Cal Poly Bente Moe, Seattle Pacific
1986 UC Riverside Cal Poly Gladees Prieur, Cal Poly
1987 Southern Indiana Cal Poly Sylvia Mosqueda, Cal State Los Angeles
1988 Mississippi College Cal Poly Laura Byrne, Southeast Missouri State
1989 East Stroudsburg Cal Poly Darcy Arreola, Cal State Northridge
1990 Humboldt State Cal Poly Callie Calhoun, Air Force
1991 SIU Edwardsville Cal Poly Christie Allen, Pittsburg State
1992 Slippery Rock Adams State Christie Allen, Pittsburg State
1993 UC Riverside Adams State Elva Dryer, Western State
1994 Nebraska-Kearney Adams State Elva Dryer, Western State
1995 South Carolina Upstate Adams State Tumaini Urio, Western State
1996 Humboldt State Adams State Denise Summers, Adams State
1997 Wisconsin-Parkside Adams State Kasia Arient, Lewis
1998 Kansas Adams State Kimberly Bugg, Adams State
1999 Missouri Southern State Adams State Marjo Venalainen, Kennesaw State
2000 Cal Poly Pomona Western State Marjo Venalainen, Kennesaw State
2001 Slippery Rock Western State Hannah Lawrence, Western State
2002 Ashland Western State Amber Klein, Adams State
2003 Cary, North Carolina Adams State Chelsea Smith, BYU-Hawaii
2004 Southern Indiana Adams State Chelsea Smith, BYU-Hawaii
2005 Cal Poly Pomona Adams State Mandi Zemba, Grand Valley State
2006 West Florida Adams State Esther Komen, Western State
2007 Missouri Southern State Adams State Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2008 Slippery Rock Adams State Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2009 Southern Indiana Adams State Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2010 Bellarmine Grand Valley State Neely Spence, Shippensburg
2011 Spokane, Washington Augustana Neely Spence, Shippensburg

Division III

The Division III national championship race included 9 teams in 1981, 12 teams from 1982 to 1986, 14 teams from 1987 to 1992, 21 teams from 1993 to 1998 and 24 teams from 1998 to 2005. Beginning in 2006, the national championship race has included 32 teams. Teams compete in one of eight regional championships to qualify. In addition to the 32 teams, 56 individual runners qualify for the national championship.[7]

The race distance from 1981 to 2001 was 5,000 meters. Since 2002 the race distance has been 6,000 meters.[8]

Year Team Champion Individual Champion
1981 Central (Iowa) Cynthia Sturm, Westfield State
1982 St. Thomas (Minn.) Tori Neubauer, Wisconsin–La Crosse
1983 Wisconsin–La Crosse Tori Neubauer, Wisconsin–La Crosse
1984 St. Thomas (Minn.) Julia Kirtland, Macalester
1985 Franklin & Marshall Dorcas Denhartog, Middlebury
1986 St. Thomas (Minn.) Lisa Koelfgen, St. Thomas (Minn.)
1987 St. Thomas (Minn.), Wisconsin–Oshkosh Shelley Scherer, Carleton
1988 Wisconsin–Oshkosh Anna Prineas, Carleton
1989 Cortland State Marybeth Crawley, Cortland State
1990 Cortland State Vicki Mitchell, Cortland State
1991 Wisconsin–Oshkosh Laura Horejs, Wisconsin–Oshkosh
1992 Cortland State Sarah Edmonds, Gustavus Adolphus
1993 Cortland State Renea Bluekamp, Calvin
1994 Cortland State Michelle LaFleur, Cortland State
1995 Cortland State Jessica Caley, Williams
1996 Wisconsin–Oshkosh Turena Johnson, Luther
1997 Cortland State Tiffany Speckman, Wisconsin–Oshkosh
1998 Calvin Cheryl Smith, Cortland State
1999 Calvin Rhaina Echols, Chicago
2000 Middlebury Johanna Olson, Luther
2001 Middlebury Dana Boyle, Puget Sound
2002 Williams Missy Buttry, Wartburg
2003 Middlebury Missy Buttry, Wartburg
2004 Williams Missy Buttry, Wartburg
2005 Geneseo State Hailey Harren, Gustavus Adolphus
2006 Middlebury Sarah Zerzan, Willamette
2007 Amherst Sarah Zerzan, Willamette
2008 Middlebury Marie Borner, Bethel
2009 Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wendy Pavlus, St. Lawrence
2010 Middlebury Wendy Pavlus, St. Lawrence
2011 Washington Chiara Del Piccolo, Williams College

See also

References

  1. ^ 2010 Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Handbook. NCAA. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b Division I All Time Championship Records and Results. NCAA. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  3. ^ Gillespie, William (Spring 2010), "Athletic and academic achievement fuse in a star undergrad", mcb (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois) (4): 11, archived from the original on 22 August 2010, http://www.webcitation.org/5sAoKM9u5, retrieved 22 August 2010 
  4. ^ "Villanova, Oklahoma State repeat at NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships". USA Track & Field. November 22, 2010. http://www.usatf.org/news/view.aspx?DUID=USATF_2010_11_22_14_13_15. Retrieved November 22,2010. 
  5. ^ 2010 Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Handbook. NCAA. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  6. ^ Division II All Time Championship Records and Results. NCAA. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  7. ^ 2010 Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Handbook. NCAA. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  8. ^ Division III All Time Championship Records and Results. NCAA. Retrieved 27 February 2011.

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