Nicole Bush Runs To Best Finish In School History At NCAA Championships
Bush finishes fifth overall to lead the No. 7 Spartans to a fifth-place team finish.
Nov. 19, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Senior Nicole Bush came in with the best finish in MSU women's cross country history at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Monday, Nov. 19. Bush earned All-America honors after placing fifth with a time of 20.13.4, missing the MSU 6K NCAA Championships record by three-tenths of a second.
It was the team's 16th appearance at the NCAA Championships, including the ninth straight, as MSU finished in fifth place, marking the second-best finish in school history. The Spartans placed fourth at the 1981 NCAA Championships*. MSU has now finished in the top-15 at the championships in six of the last nine years. Stanford took home first place for the third straight season, finishing four runners in the top-50. Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech was the top individual finisher, coming in with a time of 19:30.9.
In addition to Bush, junior Alissa McKaig finished 71st for the Spartans, crossing the finish line with a time of 21:21.6. Running in her first NCAA Championships, junior Sarah Price came in at 21:36.6, finishing in 111th place. Senior Lisa Senakiewich finished 121st with a time of 21:43.4. Redshirt sophomores Emily MacLeod (126th), and Becky McCormack (150th) finished with respective times of 21:44.1 and 21:54.0, while fellow sophomore Ashley Casavant finished 199th with a time of 23:11.1.
"It's exciting to be fifth, the girls did a wonderful job," said Director of Cross Country Walt Drenth. "Some of them came out of the gate a little behind, but they really fought back and passed some people in the last 1,000 or 2,000 meters. Everyone is proud, but believe it or not, the girls are a little frustrated. They really believe that there is more for them here at the Nationals and that shows that they have come a long way. They can't wait to get back here next year."
* Starting in the 2003 season, the race course was changed from 5K to 6K.