Penn State cross country: Nittany Lion women finish 25th at NCAA Championship

The Penn State women’s cross country team finished 25th, and Matt Fischer ran to a 78th-place results at the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon.

Fighting through a wind chill in the teens, Fischer covered the 10-kilometer course in 31 minutes, 6.2 seconds as the only representative for the Nittany Lion men on the Wabash Family Sport Center’s LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Emily Giannotti paced the Penn State women by grabbing 111th in 21:23.2 on the 6-kilometer course. She was followed by Leigha Anderson (147, 21:38.5), Marta Klebe (152, 21:40.3), Katie Rodden (186, 21:56.0), Tori Gerlach (204, 22:07.1), Sarah Jane Underwood (222, 22:20.6) and Stephanie Aldrich (237, 22:36.8).

Colorado ran to the men’s title with 149 points for the Buffalos’ fourth NCAA crown. Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek was first overall in 29:41.1.

Providence earned the women’s title with 141 points. Penn State tallied 640 points. Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth earned her fifth NCAA distance title, though her first in cross country.