TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery (Lafayette, La./Episcopal School of Acadiana) finished 71st in the 280-runner field at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships at Hanover College on Saturday.
Montgomery's effort marks the first top-100 finish at an NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country National Championships in school history. She also recorded the fourth-best NCAA Division III national finish in the history of men's and women's cross country at Rose-Hulman by completing the race in 22:23.
Her season included a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, a program record third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Regional, and school records in both the five- and six-kilometer distances. On Saturday, Montgomery started the race running with the lead pack, standing 21st and 25th at the first two timing intervals.
Montgomery became the second Fightin' Engineer to qualify for the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships. Rachel Krasich came home 138th in the 2007 National meet at St. Olaf.
Montgomery steadily improved her times all season, as she set her previous school record (22:00) at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, when she won just the second conference championship in program history. Her best time in 2012 – 24:50 -- was over three minutes slower than her current school record.
Montgomery set an 83-second personal-best on Hanover’s course back on Oct. 5 at the Pre-National meet with a time of 23:27, to place 24th overall in the 228-runner field. Her time at the NCAA Division III Nationals improved on that mark by another full minute.