Junior Emily Johnson finished third overall, and the Omaha cross country team took fifth at the Summit League Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare on Saturday.
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Johnson ran a time of 21:19.2 over the 6K course at the Rose Creek Golf Course, giving the Mavericks their best individual finish in the championship since 2012 when Amanda Vorthmann also finished third.
For her top-five finish, Johnson was named First Team All-Summit League, the second straight year she’s earned All-Summit honors.
“This was another solid day for Emily,” said cross country head coach Cliff Cisar. “She hung in with the lead pack right away which put her in the position to have a shot at a top-three finish.
“With 600 meters to go, she made a move that was not answered by her nearest competitors and solidified the top-three finish.”
Heidi Hall ran second for the Mavericks and finished 23rd overall with a time of 22:30.7, a lifetime best.
“Heidi also ran a spectacular race,” Cisar added. “From the gun, she was in the top-25 and continued to fight to stay with those runners.
“This was an impressive jump when compared to how she finished in the conference meet last year. Her continued hard work is on display in every meet.”
Joanna Topham finished the scoring for the Mavericks, finishing 44th with a time of 24:04.5.
As a team, the Mavericks posted a score of 127, running behind North Dakota and ahead of Western Illinois. North Dakota State won the women’s championship with a score of 45, edging South Dakota by three points. South Dakota State was third with 73.
The Mavericks will now prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship on Friday, Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Okla.