History was made by the Penn State women’s cross country team on Saturday during the NCAA Championships.
It wasn’t the history the Nittany Lions were looking for but they had two runners earn All-American honors for the first time.
Elizabeth Chikotas and Jillian Hunsberger were the record breakers for Penn State. They became the 15th and 16th All-Americans in program history.
“I’m extremely proud of Jill and Liz,” coach John Gondak said in a release by the university. “They just kept working through the race they ran a great second half of the competition today, and for them to both be All-Americans obviously was a fantastic performance.”
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Chikotas led the way for the Nittany Lions with a 15th-place finish in a time of 20:09.4. Missouri’s Karissa Schwizer won the individual title in a time of 19:41.
Hunsberger finished in 20:21.6 good for 36th. Others making up Penn State’s score were Greta Lindsley (140, 21:00.8), Kathryn Munks (177, 21:15.2) and Julie Kocjancic (204, 21:31.7).
State College graduate Victoria Crawford competed in her first NCAA championships. She finished 240th with a time of 22:30.04.
The Nittany Lions finished 18th as a team as Oregon edged out Michigan by a point for the title.