WINNECONNE, Wis. – University of Chicago cross country runner Khia Kurtenbach closed out the season by earning All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday.
Lake Breeze Golf Club served as the race site for the 558 runners competing at the NCAAs. It also marked the second time ever that both UChicago teams qualified for nationals in the same year.
The women's 6K was run first and featured 280 participants from 81 schools. Williams College won the national title with 81 points – a full 98 points better than the runner-up. UChicago took 18th with 490 points.
Kurtenbach was the top finisher for the Maroons and earned her first All-American award. The sophomore placed 25th in a time of 21:41.60. The UChicago women have recorded an All-American performance each year at nationals since 2010. Senior Brianna Hickey was the next runner across the line at 22:35.10 (136th place).
The men's 8K race took place immediately after with 278 runners from 79 schools. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire earned the national championship with 135 points. UChicago was 31st in the team standings with 767 points.
Senior Michael Frasco wrapped up his cross country career with a 78th-place showing in a time of 25:24.90. Junior Gareth Jones and sophomore Peter Kreuch finished in 26:08.60 (212th) and 26:10.60 (214th), respectively.
UChicago women's top finishers
Khia Kurtenbach (So.) – 25th place, 21:41.60
Brianna Hickey (Sr.) – 136th place, 22:35.10
Claire Costelloe (So.) – 160th place, 22:44:30
Kelsey Dunn (So.) – 169th place, 22:47.50
Catherine Young (Sr.) – 199th place, 22:57.10
Madeleine Horvath (Jr.) – 214th place, 23:05.70
Cassidy McPherson (So.) – 235th place, 23:17.00
UChicago men's top finishers
Michael Frasco (Sr.) – 78th place, 25:24.90
Gareth Jones (Jr.) – 212th place, 26:08.60
Peter Kreuch (So.) – 214th place, 26:10.60
Eyal Hanfling (Jr.) – 242nd place, 26:22.50
Henry Blood (Sr.) – 254th place, 26:35.40
Timofey Karginov (Jr.) – 265th place, 27:06.00