Freshman Katie Olvera made the most of her first-ever conference meet with a runner-up finish in a time of 19:10.91 that set the stage for the Eagles to win their first-ever conference title. A run on places 8 through 11 completed the winning team score of 40 as Amber Beaverson, Elise Schreiber, Taylor Beaverson and Tabatha Leaton crossed the line in that order.
Sophomore Lauren Jaqua of Baker claimed the individual crown with a time of 18:30.27, moving into the top spot after finishing second last season. The Wildcats also finished second in the team competition with 57 points as Ashley McBride took 3rd place in a time of 19:16.77. Evangel finished third with 67 points while Benedictine (118 points) and Missouri Valley (126 points) rounded out the top five.
The 32nd Annual NAIA Women's Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday, November 19 at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash. Jaqua receives an invitation as the individual winner and will look to improve upon her time of 19:49 from last season.