Nov. 14, 2016
NEW ORLEANS – Following a third-place finish at last week’s Mountain Regional, the Air Force women’s cross country team moved up to No. 20 in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll, which was released this afternoon (Nov. 14). Air Force, the only women’s service academy team to ever hold a spot in the national poll, climbed up nine spots – marking the largest jump of any team in the women’s top-30.
Highlighted by top-four finishes from Carina Gillespie (third) and Jaci Smith (fourth), the Falcons finished third in the team standings at the regional championships last Friday – a placement that secured Air Force its first bid into the NCAA Division I Championships. Lindy Long added a top-20 finish (19th) in the 135-competitor race, while Samantha Skold and Katie Burnham rounded out the Falcons’ scoring lineup in 35th and 49th, respectively.
It is the first top-20 ranking for the Air Force cross country program since the men earned the same placement at the beginning of the 2005 season.
The women return to action on Saturday, Nov. 14, when they make the program’s first-ever team appearance at the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The 6K race, which will take place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m.