The Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team took tenth place at the 2006 NCAA Championship in West Chester, Ohio this afternoon. The Spartans scored 295 points, and Middlebury College took home the national championship with 144.
"It's just icing on the cake," said Head Coach Kathy Lanese. "To finish tenth at their first national meet is pretty amazing. I am extremely happy. I still feel like I haven't woken from a great dream."
Case senior Stephanie Nothelle (Porter, IN) and junior Esther Erb (Richmond, VA) both earned All-America honors. Nothelle placed 33rd overall with a time of 23:53 and Erb finished 34th with a time of 23:54.
"It was a goal for both of them," said Lanese. "Erb was 86th last year and this year she is an All-American. What a great improvement. The course was extremely muddy and I think they adapted well."
Sophomore Kristen Bowhers (Rochester, NY) finished 62nd (24:25), senior Karyn Wheeler (Worthington, OH) finished 73rd (24:35), sophomore Britta Kumley (Solon, OH) finished 188th (25:49), sophomore Lauren von Eckartsberg (Dublin, OH) finished 216th (26:13), and junior Sarah Gill (Sharpsville, PA) finished 237th (26:27) for Case.
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