North Central (Ill.), Johns Hopkins Win NCAA DIII Cross Country Team Titles

ELSAH, Illinois – There were no real surprises here.

The North Central (Ill.) men and the Johns Hopkins women captured the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Illinois.

The title for North Central (Ill.) was the 18th for the men’s program dating back to 1975, including its fifth since 2010. Johns Hopkins’ women have now picked up five of the last six women’s titles.

2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships

Men’s Team Score Women’s Team Score
North Central (Ill.) 57 Johns Hopkins 96
UW-La Crosse 196 UW-Eau Claire 191
Christopher Newport 221 Washington (Mo.) 202
Amherst 251 MIT 210
Washington (Mo.) 269 Carleton 258

The Cardinals saw three of its runners finish in the top-10 as Jared Borowsky (24:12.44 – second), Druvil Patel (24:14.15 – third) and Al Baldonado (24:34.92 – eighth) were all in single digits. With Matthew Norvell (24:42.24 – 17th) and Dan O’Keefe (25:03.84 – 45th) also finishing within the top-50, the Cardinals ran away with the team title as the only squad to post a score of fewer than 100 points.

UW-La Crosse was the runner-up with a point total of 196 and was followed by Christopher Newport (221), Amherst (251) and Washington (Mo.) (269). This is the first podium finish for both the Captains and Mammoths.

Individually, Darin Lau of UW-Eau Claire paced the pack, finishing in a time of 24:03.59. His time was a little more than eight seconds faster than the aforementioned Borowsky’s.

On the women’s side, a third-place finish from Ellie Clawson (20:47.00) led the way for the Blue Jays, who also got 14 points from Natalia LaSpada (21:19.30 – 23rd) and 19 points from Therese Olshanski (21:27.70 – 29th). Johns Hopkins totaled 96 points, defeating runner-up UW-Eau Claire by 95 points.

Rounding out the top-five were Washington (Mo.) (202), MIT (210) and Carleton (258).

Khia Kurtenbach of the University of Chicago won the race with a time of 20:39.20. Hot on her heels was Bryn McKillop of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.