WILMORE, Ky. — Lucy Williams and Maggie Dellinger will represent the University of Rio Grande at the upcoming NAIA national championship following their respective finishes in Saturday morning’s River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship hosted by Asbury University.
Williams, a junior from Athens, Ohio, finished fifth in the 96-runner field with a time of 19:35, while Dellinger – a junior from Washington Court House, Ohio – placed seventh after completing the 5k course in 20:05.
The duo will next run in the NAIA National Championship, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 18, in Fort Vancouver, Wash.
The top two teams in Saturday’s conference event qualified for the national meet, as did the top six individuals who weren’t members of the qualifying teams.
Point Park University cruised to the team title with 46 points, while Ohio Christian University was second with 74 points.
Rio Grande finished fourth with 102 points, two points behind Asbury for third place.
Point Park’s Anna Shields took individual medalist honors, finishing in 18:22 and cruising to a 16-second win over runner-up Ariel Young of Ohio Christian.
Also representing the RedStorm on Saturday were senior Tyanna Petty (Somerset, OH), who finished 31st in a time of 22:28; sophomore Kelsey Miller (Georgetown, OH), who was 32nd after crossing in 22:32; sophomore Reagan Haines (Hillsboro, OH), who placed 36th in a time of 22:41; junior Taylor Grubb (Thornville, OH), who grabbed 53rd place by crossing in 23:34; and sophomore Jennifer Case (McArthur, OH), who was 79th with a time of 26:23.
The top seven finishers earned First Team All-RSC honors, while those who finished in positions 8-14 were named Second Team All-RSC.
The conference also announced a Champions of Character Team. Rio Grande was represented on the list by Miller.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.