Women's Cross Country Places 5th at HCAC Meet

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PHOTOS (Courtesy HCAC) 

BLUFFTON, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a balanced performance to place fifth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Bluffton University.

Junior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) led the Fightin' Engineers with an all-conference performance.  Montgomery came home 12th in a six-kilometer time of 24:50.

Sophomore Nicole Gonzalez (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo) came home second among Engineers and 22nd overall in a time of 25:31.  Senior Creasy Clauser (Crawfordsville/Southmont) added a 26th place performance in 25:57.

Sophomore Ashley Schumacher (St. Louis, Mo./Lutheran South) added a 42nd place effort in 26:48.  Junior Katherine Moravec (Seymour)rounded out the team score with a 47th place in 26:56.

Rose-Hulman will compete in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional at Anderson on Nov. 10, before the Fightin' Engineers host the NCAA Division III National Championships at the LaVern Gibson Course on Nov. 17.

HCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:

TEAM SCORES: 1) Manchester 42; 2) Hanover 62; 3) Franklin 97; 4) Anderson 120; 5) Rose-Hulman 136; 6) Bluffton 149; 7) Earlham 162; 8) Defiance 235; 9) Mount St. Joseph 238; 10) Transylvania 264

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 12) Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery 24:50; 22) Nicole Gonzalez 25:31; 26) Creasy Clauser 25:57; 42) Ashley Schumacher 26:48; 47) Katherine Moravec 26:56; 52) Anna Taylor 27:13; 63) Madison Thompson 27:57