Senior Rachel Patterson placed 46th at the NCAA Championship Monday.
Nov. 22, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Miami University senior Rachel Patterson came six places and three seconds short of earning All-America status but still finished in the top 20 percent of the field as she claimed 46th place at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship Monday at a windy LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
Patterson (Rochester, Mich.), who was the first RedHawk to compete in the NCAA Championship since Laura Neufarth in 2007, clocked in at 20:56.7. Her 46th-place finish was the best by a RedHawk at the national meet since Andrea Kremer was named an All-American after finishing 25th in 2001. The top 40 finishers at the NCAA Championship garner All-America honors.
"She ran great. I couldn't be more proud of her," head coach Kelly Phillips said. "Obviously, she wishes she were an All-American but she went after it. There's nothing she could have done any differently. She was awesome."
Patterson was just the eighth different female RedHawk to compete at the NCAA Championship. She was the fourth finisher among runners from the Great Lakes Region, after taking fifth at the regional race Nov. 13, and the second finisher among Mid-American Conference athletes, as Toledo qualified as a team while Patterson was the lone MAC individual qualifier in a field of 253 Monday.
"The wind didn't affect her. It was hard but she's so strong," Phillips said of the conditions. "I think it actually helped her because she overcame 10 people the last 600 meters. There were at times 35-40 mph winds, but it was warm, so that was nice."
Villanova won the team title with 120 points, led by individual winner Sheila Reid, who clocked in at 20:07. Florida State was second with 154 points while MAC representative Toledo finished 28th.
The RedHawks begin indoor track and field season Dec. 3-4 at the Oiler Opener.