Led by an All-American showing by freshman Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay), the Lewis University women's cross country team earned a 19th-place finish at the 6K NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Championships, hosted by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, at the Plante Ferry Sports Complex on Saturday (Nov. 23) morning.
Farrough crossed the finish line in 21st place with a time of 21:37.4 to claim All-America accolades. She is the first Flyer All-American since Kathryn Hague in 2010.
Grand Valley State, led by individual champion Allyson Winchester (21:05.7), won the team title with 54 points. Lewis had 487 points to finish 19th.
"This is a very proud moment as a coach, and to have Amanda as an All-American, is the icing on the cake to an amazing freshman year," Lewis assistant women's cross country coach James Kearney said. "The future is bright for our team, but Amanda has three more years to set a very high bar for future Flyers to chase."
Lewis redshirt sophomore Kristen Bonsor (Antioch, Ill./Glenbrook North) was the second Flyer to cross the finish line with a time of 22:40.8, which was good for 107th. Junior Kayla Patterson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) was 118th with a mark of 22:46.9, followed by a 155th-place finish of 23:09.3 by freshman Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case). Redshirt sophomore Jaime Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep) rounded out the scoring for the Flyers with a 173rd-place mark of 23:31.6.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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