LOUISVILLE, KY. -- The Trine University women's cross country team traveled to Kentucky to compete in the University of Louisville Cross Country Classic and placed 16th of 37 NCAA Division III squads in Louisville, Ky.
The Thunder finished with a cumulative team score of 457 points to place 16th. Massachussetts Institute of Technology came in first place in the team standings with a score of 90 points and was followed by Oberlin (Ohio) College with 95 points. Hope (Mich.) College rounded out the top three teams with a total of 148 points.
Junior Evie Bultemeyer (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) continues to have a strong season evident of her runner-up performance at today's race among a field of 253 total runners. She ran a time of 21:21.0 in a race that was shortened from the scheduled 6k distance.
Freshman Ali Smith (Temperance, Mich./Bedford Senior) was the next Trine runner to cross the finish line with a mark of 22:26.0 and placed 77th overall. She was then followed by junior Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) who navigated the course in a time of 22:31.2 which put her in the 85th position.
Junior Stacy Dibley (Bristol, Ind./Elkhart Central) finished in 132nd place following a time of 23:01.8 and freshman Amira Faulkner (Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook) crossed the finish line in a time of 23:13.2 to place 161st.
The final two competitors for the Thunder were sophomore Chloe Brittain (Wheeler, Mich./Breckenridge) and junior Miranda Coombs (Lexington, Mich./Croswell-Lexington). Brittain posted the sixth quickest time for the team at 24:03.6 and Coombs completed the field of Trine runners with a mark of 24:17.7.
"Regardless of the times and exact distance run, our women continue to make improvements," said Head Coach Zach Raber. "Evie Bultemeyer ran a very tactical race to earn a runner up finish overall. Freshman Alli Smith continues to be a factor for us, finishing second on the team again. We should continue to develop over the next few weeks and have a good run at our next meet at Oberlin."
Trine travels to Oberlin, Ohio for the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday, Oct. 19. The women's race is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.