Cleland Paces TU In First Team Trip To Nationals
Nov. 22, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Tulsa women's cross country team made history Monday afternoon as the Golden Hurricane competed at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
The temperature during the national championship was a surprising 67 degrees, but the teams had to battle a strong wind that was gusting at up to 35 miles per hour.
The women finished 30th, just ahead of fellow Conference USA member Rice University. Tulsa was led by senior Melanie Cleland, who wrapped up her career with a strong finish to move up multiple spots down the stretch and take 116th with a time of 21:29.3.
Junior Paula Whiting was near the top in the first portion of the race, and she ended with a 133rd-place finish with a time of 21:38.3.
Junior Jacqueline Fairchild clocked in at 22:06.3 to finish 183rd overall and third on the team.
True freshman Josie Wilcox ran just her second-collegiate race and had a breakout performance as she finished fourth on the team and 189th overall with a time of 22:09.8
Sophomore Jaclyn Rollins rounded out the scoring for TU with a time of 22:25.0 and a 210th-place finish.
The seven women who ran for Tulsa joined Fride Vullum (1998-99) and Alex Becker (2006-07) as the only women in school history to compete at Nationals.
INDIVIDUAL TU RESULTS
116. Melanie Cleland - 21:29.3
133. Paula Whiting - 21:38.3
183. Jacqueline Fairchild - 22:06.3
189. Josie Wilcox - 22:09.8
210. Jaclyn Rollins - 22:25.0
242. Ashley Scott - 23:19.0
248. Erin Huddleston - 23:51.6
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