Above: The women’s cross country team celebrates their third straight championship victory. Photos courtesy to SCAC.
Senior Leah Wessler had a standout season and winning the individual title for the third straight year was the cherry on top. Wessler led the Colorado College women’s cross country team to a third straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, T.X. CC finished with seven runners in the top eight, edging out second-place Trinity University by 27 points.
Wessler made history by becoming only the third runner in league history to achieve this feat, and the first to do so in over a decade. Wessler ran the 6k course, which is a little over three-and-a-half miles, in 21 minutes, 54.16 seconds, 40 seconds before senior and second-place finisher Katie Sandfort.
Senior Stefani Messick came in fourth place with a time of 23:07.69, sophomore Allysa Warling took fifth with a time of 23:09.79, and senior Allie Crimmins nabbed sixth place, coming in at 23:33.03. Sophomore Leah Veldhuisen took seventh with a time of 23:33.75, and first-year Annabel Driussi rounded out the top eight finishers with a time of 23:44.85. Driussi was also named Newcomer of the Year by the SCAC.
Eight Tigers were named to the 2016 All-Conference team, comprising more than half of the 14-person roster.