Rampf claims All-America honors, finishes 14th at NCAA meet

Rampf claims All-America honors, finishes 14th at NCAA meet

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo junior Colett Rampf took All-America honors for the second year in a row after posting a top-20 finish at the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Championship, Saturday morning at The Abbey Course at Saint Leo University.

Rampf crossed the line in 20:57.7, her best time by far in three looks this season at The Abbey Course's 6K track, and placed 14th overall, 12th in points. Her previous best finish at the NCAA national meet was 23rd a year ago in Joplin, Mo., recording a time of 21:05.4 in temperatures that hovered just above freezing.

Sophmore Alyssa Bayliff crossed in 118th place overall, 98th in points, with a time of 22:31.1, while sophomore Laura Tobin posted a time of 23:02.9 and was 164th overall, 142nd in points.

Junior Lauren Csubak recorded a time of 23:49.8 and was 199th overall, 176th in points, and junior Haley Roussell was Saint Leo's fifth scorer with 204 points, 228th overall, and finishing in a time of 24:54.6.

Senior Natalie McCormick was 231st overall in a time of 25:02.8, while sophomore Noemi Anaya crossed in a time of 26:54.2 for 240th overall. They claimed 207 and 216 points respectively as pushers for the Lions.

Overall, Saint Leo women's cross country placed 25th out of 32 teams, the Lions' best team showing at the NCAA national championship meet.

"As I've said all season, this Saint Leo women's team is very tough," said Kent Reiber, Saint Leo's head men's and women's cross country coach. "We set a goal to make a statement at the national level, and I think we did just that with the best finish in the program's history."

"Colett continues to make her name known at the national level. From my recollection, this is the best finish by any women's runner out of the South Region, and to be able to accomplish that feat on our home course is tremendous. To do what she has done for two years in a row… all I can say is that I'm extremely proud of her, and we're looking forward to a great spring building off this success," added Reiber.

Grand Valley State senior Kendra Foley took individual national champion honors after posting a winning time of 20:01.8. She was nearly 25 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, University of Mary (N.D.) junior Alexis Zeis, who clocked a time of 20:26.4.

Grand Valley State clinched the team national championship with 116 points, edging out second place Adams State (Colo.) with 139 points. Western State (Colo.) and Chico State finished third and fourth respectively with 168 and 189 points.

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