ELSAH, Ill. – Principia College of Illinois hosted this year's NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and it was a momentous occasion for Centre College as junior Annie Rodenfels (Centerville, Ohio) became Centre's second women's cross country All-American in as many years.
Rodenfels completed the hilly 6k course at Principia in 21:04.80, which was good enough to finish in 12th place overall, securing her second All-America accolade as a Colonel after a third place finish in the 3000m steeplechase at last year's NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Rodenfels also made it consecutive years for Centre cross country to have an All-American on the women's side, with 2017 graduate Serena Gale-Butto earning the honors a season ago. Rodenfels is now the third All-American in Centre women's cross country history, joining Gale-Butto and Eileen Schilling.
In the same race, sophomore teammate Courtney Gibson (Catlettsburg, Ky.) had a promising NCAA Finals debut, finishing in22:48.90.
On the men's side, senior Nathan Riggs (Campbellsville, Ky.) capped off his collegiate cross country career with an impressive finish on Principia's 8k course, crossing the finish line in 25:32.59 to finish 107th out of 279 runners in the field.