Rickenbach Competes at NCAA Cross Country National Championships
November 19, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
ST. LEO, Fla. – Freshman Cami Rickenbach became just the third runner in school history to compete at the NCAA National Championships, finishing 154th in the field of 240 on Saturday.
Rickenbach turned in a time of 22:53 in the 6K race, running on the same course as the South Regional Championships two weeks ago at the Abbey Course in Saint Leo, Fla. She was 2nd in that race two weeks ago to qualify for nationals but was slowed in training leading up to the race on Saturday by illness.
She joins Meghan Gillmore (2010) and Faith Warren (2012) as the only runners to qualify and compete in the biggest race in D2 and is the first freshman to do so.
Kendra Foley from Grand Valley State was the individual champion, running away from the field with a time of 20:01 to set a new D2 6K record. The senior won by 25 seconds. Grand Valley State was also the team champions, finishing with 116 points to outpace Adams State who finished with 139 points.
Saint Leo was the top team from the South Region, placing 25th and also had the best individually finisher from the region in Colett Rampf who placed 14th.