Anderson hits personal record at NAIA Cross Country Championship

VANCOUVER, Wash. (DSUAthletics.com) – Dakota State was the top North Star Athletic Association conference team place finisher in the 40th annual NAIA Women’s Cross-Country National Championship at Fort Vancouver Historic Site Friday. The Trojans placed 31st overall with 782 points, followed by five-time league champion Dickinson State (N.D.) 32nd place finish with 803 points.

Both Dakota State and Dickinson State earned a share of the NSAA conference championship after tying with 41 points on Nov. 8 in Forest City, Iowa.

A total of 340 runners and 37 teams completed the women’s 5K race. Hannah Stoffel of Huntington (Ind.) won the individual national title with a time of 17 minutes, 18.4 seconds. Madonna (Mich.) won the team national title with 111 points.

Two DSU runners hit personal records in the national meet.

Christianna Green paced the Trojans with a 172nd place finish after clocking a personal record time of 19 minutes, 56.6 seconds. Watertown native Jada Anderson (NSAA All-Conference runner) followed up with a 176th place finish with a time of 19:57.4.

Jacia Christiansen (NSAA All-Conference runner) was 183rd after recording a time of 20 minutes for Dakota State. Ashley Robinson, NSAA All-Conference runner, ended her impressive four-year collegiate cross-country career with a 233rd place finish with a time of 20:22.3.

Mallory Aughenbaugh produced a personal-best time of 21 minutes, 18.4 seconds to finish 286th. Madison Whitcomb was 305th with a time of22 minutes, 7.9 seconds, while Andrea Bryant finished 311th in 22:26.2.

The NAIA Cross Country National Championships officially ends DSU’s cross-country season.