Rachel Krasich Earns First Rose-Hulman Women's Cross Country All-Region Honor; Engineers Set Record with 18th Place

KrasichHANOVER, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Rachel Krasich (Westfield) earned the first all-region performance in school history to lead a historic effort at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Regional on Saturday.

Krasich came home 30th overall to earn the first all-region honor in Rose-Hulman's 12-year history of women's cross country.  She placed 62nd in last season's NCAA Regional and was third in the HCAC Championships earlier this season.

Senior Mandy Hecker (Georgetown/North Harrison) also doubled her performance from last season, increasing from a 125th place in 2005 to a 63rd this fall.

Krasich completed the six-kilometer course in a time of 23:42, while Hecker finished in 24:30.

 
The duo of Krasich and Hecker helped the Engineers place 18th overall in the meet, the first time Rose-Hulman has placed in the top 20 at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Regional.

Freshman Melissa Rogers (Crawfordsville/ Southmont) came home third among Rose-Hulman runners with a time of 25:28 and a 108th place finish.

Rose-Hulman's season highlight was a second-place finish in the HCAC championships in October, along with victories at the Franklin and Millikin Invitationals.

TEAM RESULTS: 1) Case Western 53; 2) Calvin 57; 3) DePauw 121; 4) Ohio Northern 154; 5) Ohio Wesleyan 188; 6) Anderson 194; 7) berlin 201; 8) Denison 207; 9) Baldwin-Wallace 235; 10) Hope 359; 11) Kalamazoo 361; 12) Wooster 383; 13) Otterbein 389; 14) Hanover 433; 15) Mount Union 450; 16) Albion 452; 17) John Carroll 454; 18) Rose-Hulman 475; 19) Kenyon 480; 20) St. Mary's 524; 21) Marietta 570; 22) Franklin 573; 23) Wilmington 619; 24) Manchester 630; 25) Capital 709; 26) Wittenberg 736; 27) Earlham 745; 28) Adrian 766; 29) Heidelberg 773; 30) Alma 846; 31) Mount St. Joseph 973

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:  30) Rachel Krasich 23:42; 63) Mandy Hecker 24:30; 108) Melissa Rogers 25:28; 130) Jill DeClerck 25;49; 149) Luisa Fairfax 26:16; 160) Amanda Lundahl 26:35; 163) Alissa Bishel 26:45