The women's cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA Division III Cross Championships on Saturday equaling the best finish in school history. The Athenas placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 58 team finishers and matched their pre-race national ranking of fourth while scoring 223 points. This was the third top five finish for CMS and their best finish since tying for fourth in 1995. Since the NCAA women's field expanded to 21 teams in 1993, CMS is the only West Region team to finish in the top five. CMS is the only West Region team, men or women, to earn a team trophy since 1983.
Breanna Deutsch (pictured) led the team with her 28th place finish and earned All-American honors while setting a personal best of 21:36.7. She moved up consistently during the race as she was 59th at mile one, 42nd at mile two and 35th at mile three. Laura Sauvage finished 59th in 21:58.9, Jennifer Tavé finished 77th in 22:09.8, Sara Mostatabi was 83rd in 22:12.4 and Allison Barnwell was 87th in 22:14.1. After removing the individual runners who do not factor in the team scoring, the runners finished 19th, 40th, 51st, 55th and 58th. Aubrey Zimmerling set a personal best of 22:41.8 while finishing 164th and Julia Rigby was 217th in 23:16.4.
The team's depth was their strength all season and it showed again in this race. The Athenas had the 14th number one among the placing teams, the ninth number two, the seventh number three and then had the fourth best fourth, fifth and sixth finishers and fifth best seventh runner.
Deutsch is the 11th Athena to earn NCAA All-American honors and CMS is 10th among all teams nationally and first in the West Region with 18 All-Americans.