Bridgette Robles, Athletic Communications Coordinator
PITTSBURGH – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country programs had a stellar day at the 2019 University Athletic Association Cross Country Championship, hosted by Carnegie Mellon at Schenley Park. The No. 2 women’s program tallied 24 points to win their sixth-straight UAA title while the No. 9 men’s program finished second with 43 points.
The women’s cross country title marks the 250th total conference championships won in Washington University athletic department history.
The women’s squad set a blazing tail in the 6K race. Senior Paige Lawler won the individual UAA title for the second time in her career with a time of 21:49.76. Fellow senior Sophie Watterson took second with a time of 22:11.81 while junior Megan Girmscheid collected third place and a personal best at 22:13.99. Sophomore Sophia Young tallied a personal record with an 8th-place time of 22:26.22 as junior Katie Snodgrass wrapped up the Bears scoring when she crossed the finish line in 10th at 22:30.17.
Freshman Ella Behrens was also named to the UAA All-Freshman Team after she turned in a time of 22:36.11 in 13th-place. Head Coach Jeff Stiles and assistant coaches Kelli Blake and Johnathan Koch were named as the 2019 UAA Women’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year.
The Bears’ men’s squad had a stellar day on the 8K course as well, with three runners finishing in the top-10. Senior Nick Matteucci finished second overall with a time of 24:40.54 while fellow senior Marco Quaroni crossed the finish line at 25:07.08, good for seventh-place. Sophomore Patrick Norrick posted a personal best with a 10th-place time of 25:14.23. Junior Joe Stover crossed just behind Norrick with a time of 25:18.32 in 11th -place, while sophomore Jacob Ridderhoff rounded out the squad with a time of 25:21.08 in 13th-place.
The Bears are back in action on Thursday, Nov. 7, when they compete in the North Central College meet on St. James Farm in Winfield, Ill.