Posted: Nov 17, 2012 5:53 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2012 7:11 PM
FORT VANCOUVER, WA -- Courtney Henderson posted a time of 19:57 at the 2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championship, knocking 24 seconds off her 2011 time on the same 5K course. The senior finished 158th in the 320-runner field, battling the drizzly conditions. Abby Baker recorded a time of 20:04 in her national championship debut, claiming 173rd in the field.
The pair finished 1:33 and 1:40 respectively behind the top American Midwest Conference finisher, Hannibal-LaGrange's Kristen Garwood, who posted a time of 18:24 to take 23rd in the race. The College of Idaho's Hillary Holt was the individual meet champion, finishing with a time of 17:00, beating her nearest competitor by 20 seconds.
Also announced at the meet were the 2012 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, with Amy Gangloff earning the classroom honors. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, hold Junior academic standing and be a member of the team for the full semester.