Spartan Women's XC Ranked No. 35 in Latest USTFCCCA National Poll
USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Poll
NEW ORLEANS – The Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team is back in the national rankings for the third time this fall after being voted No. 35 in the nation in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll.
The Spartans, who have competed in the last five NCAA Championship meets, placed second as a team out of 33 squads competing amongst the region's best at the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble this past Saturday. Host Oberlin, ranked No. 14 in the national poll, won the team title as that same course will serve as the site of the NCAA Great Lakes regional meet to be held on November 12, with the women's race scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.
Senior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) led the Spartans to the finish line at Oberlin, placing second overall in a time of 22:24.5. Junior Corin Bowen (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) was second to cross the line for the Spartans in 16th with a time of 23:00.50. Freshman Erica Bauerbach (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) finished 38th in 23:33.0, sophomore Brooke Simpson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) was 44th in 23:42.0 and freshman Kristen Ruckstuhl (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) rounded out the scoring in 47th place with a mark of 23:43.50.
Case Western Reserve is one of five University Athletic Association schools ranked in the USTFCCCA Top-35 and also one of five institutions from the NCAA Great Lakes Region.
Having this upcoming weekend off from action, the team will return to competition on Saturday, October 29, at the UAA Championship hosted by the University of Chicago (Ill.) at Montrose Beach. The Spartans, who finished third at last year's meet at Van Cortlandt Park hosted by New York University (N.Y.), will look to better that mark with the race set to begin at 10:30 am C.D.T.