Junior from Renton, Wash., will compete in Louisville, Ky., as the first female athlete to individually qualify since 2008
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Cheney, Wash. – Junior Sarah Reiter will be the newest athlete to be added to the Eastern Washington University cross country team's list of participants at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, as she races in Louisville, Ky., this Saturday (Nov. 21). Reiter will race the 6,000 meter course at the E.P 'Tom' Sawyer State Park at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
During the West Regional Championships in Seattle, Wash., Reiter placed ninth overall with a time of 20:53.9. She helped lead the women's team to a 12th place finish overall and was awarded NCAA DI All-Region Honors for her individual finish.
"Sarah ran an exceptional race," Head Coach Chris Shane said about Reiter's performance last week. "We designed a racing plan for her and she executed it perfectly. I think she is going to represent Eastern Washington University very well at Nationals. Her ninth place finish is one of the highest we have had in the program. A ninth place finish at that meet is really something special and I think that she has got what it takes to go to the National meet and perform very well – I am looking forward to that."
Reiter will face some of the top female athletes in the nation, including athletes from the top nationally ranked women's teams such as New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Providence, and fellow West Region school Oregon. Each of these schools are the top five ranked schools in the nation, respectively. Fellow Big Sky Conference women's team, Weber State, will also be competing at the National Championships.
Last year's NCAA DI Cross Country Champion women's team was Michigan State.
Comments from Head Coach Chris Shane
"Nationals are always a really exciting race because you are there with the best of the best. I am excited for Sarah because not only is she there amongst the best but she qualified in one of the hardest regions in the country. So this race is going to give her a lot of confidence – her confidence should be at an all-time high knowing that there is nobody more difficult in the country than the people she has already raced against. I am looking forward to her having another outstanding race. It is a bigger stage with more bodies and a higher level of competition but we are already used to that. So I am looking forward to seeing her take it up a notch. I think she still has more to give. This race will be that opportunity to see how much better she can be."
Previous NCAA DI XC Championship Participants
2008 Paul Limpf, 30:39.3 73rd (10,000)
2007 Mattie Bridgmon, 21:16.2 64th (6,000)
2003 Brandon Fuller, 31:05.8 (10,000)
1999 Amber Johnson, 17:47.5 64th (5,000)
1991 Kari McKay, 17:28.0 33rd (5,000)
1990 Kari McKay, 12:28.0 69th (5,000)