LOUISVILLE – Sophomore Danielle Page posted the second-best NCAA finish in Tufts University Women's Cross Country history today at the 2019 national championship race held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
Page finished the six-kilometer course in a 21:25.5 time for sixth place overall and was the top New England runner. It's the best Tufts finish at NCAA's since Leslie Crofton was fifth in 2000. Page's run today is just the third top-10 finish ever at NCAA's for the Jumbos including an eighth by Nancy Benson in 1987.
Tufts placed eighth overall out of 32 teams today. That ties for the program's fourth-best finish in 11 NCAA Championship appearances. The 2016 team was also eighth, joining today's finish behind only a fifth in 2006 and seventh's in 2015 and 2017 as the program's bests. Head coach Kristen Morwick's team was third among New England squads today.
Joining Page as an All-American (top 35 finishers) today was senior Sabrina Gornisiewicz, who finished the course in a 22:02.3 time. She was 27th overall and sixth among New England competitors.
Sophomore Anna Slager ran third for Tufts and 63rd overall with a 22:33.1 mark. Freshman Lauren Pollak debuted at NCAA's by scoring fourth for the Jumbos and she was 150th overall in 23:12.8. The final Tufts scorer was senior Rhemi Toth (23:26.4), who was 186th overall. A total of 277 runners finished the race.
Tufts' 310 team score was behind seventh-place MIT (252), and ahead of ninth-place Dickinson (332). Johns Hopkins won the national championship with a 125 score. Ithaca College sophomore Parley Hannan won the individual title (20:53.8).