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Women’s cross country finishes with all personal bests, 20th place at NCAA Div III Championships

On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Brandeis Women’s cross country team participated in the 2021 Division III Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. 

The Judges were given an At-Large seat in the National Championships after placing fourth at the Regional Championships the weekend prior and brought six runners to Kentucky. 

Niamh Kenney ’22 was the Judges first finisher of the day with a time of 21:42.1, placing 32nd overall. Erin Magill ’23 was the Judges second finisher with a time of 21:47.5, placing 36th. Both runners achieved personal best times, breaking the twenty-two minute mark for the first time that Saturday. Both runners also won the honor of being entitled All-Americans, Kenney’s second All-American honor and Magill’s first. 

Both Kenney and Magill also made serious strides after the first kilometer of the race. Kenney moved up 141 places during the rest of the race, and Magill 128. 

Natalie Hattan ’22 was the third Judge to cross the finish line, also running a personal best with a time of 22:45.3. Hattan placed 149th overall. 

Juliette Intrieri ’24 finished fourth of the Judges’ runners, running a personal best by 50 seconds. Intrieri finished with a time of 23:03.3 in 193rd place overall.

Lizzy Reynolds ’24 was the fifth of the Judges to pass the finish line with a personal best of nearly two minutes less than her prior record. Reynolds finished with a time of 23:29.4 in 239th place and was the last of the Judges to win points for the team. 

Bridget Pickard ’23 followed in 263rd place with a personal best of 23:48.6, and Zada Forde ’25 was close behind in 265th place with a personal best of 23:50.8. 

The Judges finished the weekend with 496 points and 20th place, a six spot improvement from their place after the Regional Championships. 

Johns Hopkins won its seventh NCAA Div. III Championships with 130 points. 

News Editor Victoria Morrongiello is a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field team and did not contribute to this article. 

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