Bearcat men place fifth in NCAA Division III national championships

NORTHFIELD, MINN. - Led again by juniors Aaron Young and Jake Stout, the Willamette University men's cross country team placed fifth in the NCAA Division III championships Saturday at St. Olaf College.

Young and Stout earned All-America honors (top 35) for the second year in a row by placing 15th and 35th, respectively, in the 8,000-meter race. The pair won All-America honors last year in leading WU to seventh place at nationals.

The fifth-place finish equaled the best effort ever by the Willamette men at a national championship meet. In 1982, the Bearcats took fifth in the NAIA national championships.

Willamette's next three scorers on Saturday were Aaron Hollingshead (58th), Scott Overby (81st) and Nick Symmonds (89th). There were 213 finishers.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the men's meet with 66 points, followed by Calvin (Mich.) (122), North Central (Iowa) (146), Nebraska Wesleyan (178) and Willamette (190). The top four teams earned trophies.

The Willamette women's program was represented well, though not with its full team. Kari Holbert, Natalie Muren and Katie Pierce all placed in the top half of the field of 213 finishers over the 6,000-meter course.

Williams (Mass.) easily won the women's meet with 42 points.

WILLAMETTE RESULTS
WOMEN
66. Kari Holbert (Jr.) 22:57.6
70. Natalie Muren (Fr.) 22:58.4
83. Katie Pierce (So.) 23:06.9
MEN
15. Aaron Young (Jr.) 25:34.3
35. Jake Stout (Jr.) 25:47.5
58. Aaron Hollingshead (So.) 26:00.6
81. Scott Overby (So.) 26:15.4
89. Nick Symmonds (Fr.) 26:18.3
188. Brendan Brown (So.) 27:33.5
206. Jon Osborne (So.) 28:31.4

RESULTS/HIGHLIGHTS PRIOR TO NATIONAL MEET

ALL-WEST REGION (top 35)
WOMEN
6. Kari Holbert
7. Natalie Muren
8. Katie Pierce
26. Nattalie Wright
28. Molly Brady
31. Amber Emery
MEN
3. Aaron Young
7. Jake Stout
10. Aaron Hollingshead
12. Scott Overby
14. Nick Symmonds
19. Brendan Brown
31. Mark Welsh

ALL-CONFERENCE
FIRST TEAM (1-7 finishers)
WOMEN
1. Kari Holbert
MEN
1. Aaron Young
3. Jake Stout
4. Aaron Hollingshead
6. Scott Overby
SECOND TEAM (8-14 finishers)
WOMEN
10. Nattalie Wright
13. Natalie Muren
MEN
8. Nick Symmonds
11. Jon Osborne

ACADEMIC ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE (3.50 and above)
WOMEN
Alicia Andrews
Kaity Ann Atkinson
Jeanne Beko
Jessie Enell
Nicole Lindquist
Beth Phillips
Katie Pierce
Leah Rinfret
Anna Skordahl
Amber Strickler
Evelyn Williams
Bobbie Wright.
MEN
Tyler Baker
Conor Lucas-Roberts
Peter Lucas-Roberts
Scott Overby
Aaron Young