INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA and NCAA.com have announced that it will webcast the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships live from Spokane, Washington on Saturday (Nov. 19) at 2 PM EST free of charge.
The Saginaw Valley State University women's cross country team is making school history with its first appearance at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Spokane, Washington after finishing third in the NCAA DII Midwest Regional on Saturday, November 5.
The Lady Cardinals were led by Megan Pittoors (Macomb, Mich./Dakota HS) and Alycia Wright (Macomb Township, Mich./Lutheran High North) in the regional as both earned Midwest All-Region Honors by finishing 20th and 22nd overall with final times of 22:51.40 and 22:52.40 for the 6k. Following close behind Pittoors and Wright was senior Jean Hollerbach (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe HS) who crossed the line at 23:02.50 which was good for a 26th place finish. Junior Lauren Hill (Flat Rock, Mich./Flat Rock HS) would time in at 23:10.90, good for a 31st place finish. Crossing the line 36th overall was freshman Emily Short (Tawas, Mich./Tawas Area HS) who clocked in at 23:20.20 for the 6k. Teammates Ashley Meyer (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd HS) and Chelsea Savage (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's Catholic Central) would round out the Cardinals top-seven, coming in at 23:23.50 and 23:45.90 good for 37th and 59th place finishes, respectively.
SVSU Cross Country Coach Rod Cowan was also selected as the Midwest Region "Coach of the Year" by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The USTFCCCA Region Coaches of the Year honors for the 2011 cross country season in Division II are voted on by the division's coaches. Cowan helped guide the SVSU women's cross country team to a third place finish at the Midwest Regional, improving from a ninth-place regional showing in his first season.