2018 CWRU Women’s Cross Country Season Recap

2018 CWRU Women’s Cross Country Season Recap

The Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team turned in another strong season in 2018, highlighted by the first NCAA Division III Championship meet appearance of junior Madeline Lindemann's career to wrap-up the campaign.

Lindemann became the first member of the CWRU women's cross country team to qualify for the national meet since former Spartan Kelsey Aamoth in 2015.  At the National Championships, hosted at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin on November 17th, she went on to place 98th out of 279 total finishers at the meet, crossing the finish line of the 6,000-meter course in a time of 22:32.6.

Lindemann earned the spot in the NCAA Championship field as one of the top-seven finishers that was not a part of a national-qualifying team at NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship Meet the week prior, at the Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville, Indiana.  She placed 10th overall among the field of 240 runners, completing the course in a time of 22:07.3, the best 6K time of her career.  Lindemann earned the first all-region honor of her career with the finish.

The Spartans placed eighth overall out of the 33 teams at the NCAA Regionals, matching their finish from the previous year.  Along with Lindemann, sophomore Kiera Olson narrowly missed all-region honors by placing 43rd overall with a time of 23:11.8.  The duo was supported by the five seniors who followed them in the race, including Ellen Sears (52nd), Jennifer Hoffmann (56th), Isa Torres-Padin (63rd), Marissa Miyagi (80th) and Sophie Trikeriotis (86th).  Case Western Reserve finished the meet with a team score of 224.

The Spartans were anchored throughout the season by the steady pairing of Lindemann and Olson, who were the team's top-two finishers at each of CWRU's seven meets.  The team was ranked as high as 24th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll during the campaign, following the squad's performance at the Allegheny Classic on September 15th.  It marked the team's highest appearance in the national poll since the Spartans were ranked 20th nationally in the 2015 preseason rankings.

Case Western Reserve also finished seventh for the second-straight year at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships at the Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Lindemann finished 15th out of 79 runners at the meet, missing out on all-conference honors by just one spot, while Olson (35th), Torres-Padin (37th) and Sears (38th) each notched a top-40 finish.

Other highlights during the year for the Spartans included a second-place finish out of 17 Division III teams at the All-Ohio Championships in Akron, Ohio, with four runners placing among the top-30 Division III competitors at the meet.  Case Western Reserve won a pair of meets during the year, claiming victories at the Sudeck Sunset Classic Stampede to open the season, and at the Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio on October 13th.  CWRU added a second-place finish at the Allegheny Cross Country Classic on September 15th.

In addition to the team's athletic success during the season, 14 members of the CWRU women's cross country team received UAA Fall All-Academic honors in 2018 – sophomore Olivia Battistoni, senior Maria DeRenzo, junior Shahed Eid, sophomore Cara Giannuzzi, Hoffmann, Lindemann, junior Mallorie Mitchem, Miyagi, Olson, junior Vanessa Pasadyn, Sears, Torres-Padin, Trikeriotis and sophomore Madison Vargo.

CWRU women's cross country athletes earned the following awards in 2018:

 

NCAA Division III Championships Participant

Madeline Lindemann

Junior

Memphis, Tenn. / Houston

98th Place

 

All-Great Lakes Region

Madeline Lindemann

Junior

Memphis, Tenn. / Houston

10th Place