2007 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship Preview

Mike Ludwig
November 15, 2007

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Top-ranked Amherst leads the field of contenders for a team title at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday at St. Olaf.

Amherst dominated the New England Regional last week, winning by 56 points over second place and seventh-ranked Williams.

No. 2 Calvin (Great Lakes) and No. 3 Washington University (Midwest) also had convincing wins at their respective regionals and will compete for the crown.

Dickinson (Mideast), Willamette (West) and Central champion Luther have elite top runners that could propel each team to a top-five finish.

Emory won the South/Southeast region, holding off Trinity by a mere two points.

The top four finishers from 2006 all return for the 2007 final.

Last year's champion Sarah Zerzan of Willamette returns to defend her title after making a statement with her win, by almost 50 seconds, at the West Regional last weekend.

Caitlin Bradley (Dickinson) was second, Sarah Spencer (Grinnell) third and Toni Wiszowaty (Plattsburgh St.) fourth last season at the Championships, and each return after finishing second at their respective regional.

Janet Dobyns (Luther - Central), Liz Montgomery (Geneseo - Atlantic) and Erin Fisher (Elizabethtown - Mideast) won their races last week, topping the threesome that finished in the top four last year.

Esther Erb (Case Western - Great Lakes), Becca Jordahl (UW-River Falls - Midwest), D?Ann Arthur (Trinity - South/Southeast) and Jennifer Adams (Keene State - New England) each enter the race after regional wins. Jordahl won earlier this season at St. Olaf, when she was victorious at the St. Olaf Invitational on Sept. 15.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.

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