Mudy takes third at NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championship

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Justyna Mudy

Justyna Mudy

Nov. 22, 2008

Kenosha, Wis. - After winning every regular season race she competed in, Shorter's Justyna Mudy took a third place finish to lead the Lady Hawks at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship on Saturday morning, the highest finish for any Shorter runner in history and good enough for All-American status.

"We reminded Justyna before the race that no matter where she finished, her place had no bearing on what we thought of her as a person," said Shorter's head coach Jay Stephenson. "With the pressure gone, she ran an awesome race."

Mudy, a sophomore from Poland, ran the 5K race in 17:06.1, four seconds behind second place Jacky Kipwambok from Azusa Pacific, and 25 seconds behind National Champion Alissa McKaig from Indiana Tech. She qualified for Nationals by finishing the conference tournament in first place.

Freshman Sarah Massey finished next for Shorter, with a 19:57.0 and 228th place, followed by sophomore Kaitlin Shaw with 20:09.2 and 244th place. Both Massey and Shaw also qualified by placing in the top five from the non-winning team in the conference race.

The race was held at the Dr. Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) placed three runners in the top-10 to capture its first National Championship, scoring 66 points and defeating Cedarville (Ohio) by 31 points. The Yellow Jackets (97 points) finished second for the third straight season.

California State-San Marcos placed one runner in the top-10 and scored 154 point to finish third while Malone (Ohio) and Milligan (Tenn.) tied for fourth with 160 points each. Wayland Baptist (181 points), Indiana Tech (223 points), Concordia (Calif.) (265 points), College of Idaho (300 points) and Simon Fraser (B.C.) (301 points) rounded out the top-10.

This was the final race of the season for the Lady Hawks, who placed second in the SSAC conference meet two weekends ago.

Shorter College Women's Cross Country
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