NCAA Championship Results
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Rice senior Katie Jensen and redshirt sophomore Abigail Cartwright concluded the 2016 cross country season for the Owls by placing 161st and 247th, respectively, at Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships hosted by Indiana State.
Saturday marked the first time in school history that Rice had sent two individual runners to the NCAA Championships and were one of only three schools in the country to do so this season.
“It was a rough day for us today,” Rice cross country coach Jim Bevan said. “Abigail couldn’t get loose and going and Katie went for it early and was involved through the first half of the race, but had a rough second half. It was cold and very windy conditions to run in for everyone. I’m proud of these two and I know this experience will help them in the future. Overall it was a great year for the Owls.”
Oregon won Saturday’s national championship team title with 126 points, edging out Michigan (126) and Colorado (134) while Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer won the individual title in a time of 19:41.
Jensen, who was making her final cross country appearance as an Owl, finished the 6k race in a time of 21:08. The Woodlands native had a banner senior campaign by posting three top-five finishes in 2016 and helped guide the Owls to a second straight Conference USA team title. She earned C-USA First Team honors by placing sixth at the C-USA Championships and was selected to the C-USA All-Academic Team for a third straight season. Jensen had advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career by finishing seventh overall at the NCAA South Central Regional two weeks ago.
Cartwright, who dealt with injuries towards the latter part of the season, finished in 23:06 on Saturday to conclude a sensational sophomore season. The Dallas native was also competing at her first NCAA Championship following an eighth place performance at the NCAA South Central Regional in Fayetteville. Cartwright had three top-three finishes in 2016, which included victories at the Rice Invitational and Rim Rock Classic. She later placed 12th at the C-USA Championships, garnering C-USA Second Team honors. In addition, Cartwright was twice named the C-USA Female Athlete of the Week during the season.