TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Senior runners Billy Whitmore and Julia Sizek both earned All-American honors and led the way for the University of Chicago cross country teams at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday. The UChicago women's team ended up finishing 15th out of 32 teams at the LaVern Gibson Course.
Whitmore was the lone male representative for the Maroons and ran as an individual. After finishing seventh last year, Whitmore became an All-American for the second-straight season with an 11th-place finish on Saturday. The senior ran a time of 24:47.6 over the 8K course with a field of 280 runners.
"I'm ecstatic for Billy," said Head Coach Chris Hall. "He's been dealing with a calf injury for the past few weeks that has bothered him a great deal. But he really put it behind him and performed well today. I don't think he could have run much better than he did."
Sizek capped her collegiate career by adding All-American accolades to her resume. She finished 31st with a time of 21:54.6 in the 6K race. On the season, Sizek was UChicago's top finisher in eight of the nine races, including two individual wins.
"It's tough to be an All-American," Hall said. "That's a hard goal to achieve as an individual. You have to knock heads with the best runners in the country. I'm really proud of her. She ran great and we're very pleased to see her become an All-American in her senior season."
UChicago's women qualified for the NCAA Championship as a team thanks to a second-place showing at last week's Midwest Regional. The Maroons finished 15th with a team score of 381 on Saturday. A total of 277 runners participated in the women's race.
"We went out hard," said Hall. "Our goal was to attack the course, because it's hard to move up at the national meet. But we faded a bit after the halfway mark. Looking at it as a whole, I think we had a great season."
UChicago Top Seven
31. Julia Sizek - (21:54.6)
115. Elise Wummer - (22:52.1)
131. Sarah Peluse - (22:57.7)
135. Catherine Young - (22:58.8)
147. Brianna Hickey - (23:04.2)
169. Maggie Cornelius - (23:13.9)
200. Michaela Whitelaw - (23:28.2)