TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Bucknell women’s cross country senior Kate Scott represented Bucknell at the NCAA Cross Country National Championship on Saturday at LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course on the campus of Indiana State.
Running in cold and blustery conditions, Scott finished 201 in a field of 250 runners, completing the 6k course in 21:30. Karissa Schweizer of Missouri won the individual race with a time of 19:41.
Entering Saturday, Scott was the fifth Bison runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championship as an individual and the first since Leanna Nastase in 2006. A First Team All-Patriot League selection, Scott is also the first Patriot League female runner to qualify since 2014.
“Kate did not get a good start and was near the end of the pack by the first 800 meters,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “She had to work extra hard over the next 2k and worked her way up to the middle of the pack, but that seemed to have worn her out for the last half of the race. Although she did not hit her goal, the experience she got from this race will help her this coming track season when she goes after some NCAA marks in the 5k and 10k. It has been 10 years since we had an NCAA qualifier in cross country and this should motivate the rest of the team knowing that many others are close as well.”