HANOVER, In. – York College women's cross country was bound to have a history making performance on Saturday morning. Jess Miller (Dauphin, Pa. / Bishop McDevitt) was making her and the women's programs fist appearance at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships.
Miller entered the day with high hopes and was looking to gain some quality experience. The junior started out strong by blowing through the first 2 kilometer in just 7:23 for the 6 kilometer course. The tough course in Indiana proved to take a toll on many runners as the course rolled on through. Miller continued to push and through 2.9-mile mark she was sitting at 17:42. Jess was pushed hard, and was able to cross the finish line in 22:51.5 for a 6:08 average pace for the entire 6 kilometer course.
Jess nabbed a 140th place that put her right in the middle of the 280 best runners in the nation. It was a great day for the junior to pick up some key experience and set the stage for a huge 2014 year.
Jess was the first woman to qualify, run, and place at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which topped off an amazing year for the York College Women's Cross team. The junior helped lead the team in many races, including a 2nd place CAC team award, and an 8th place team finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Race. Individually, Miller was the top runner for the Spartan's for all but race, including her national qualifying 18th place finish at regionals.
To find the full results from the history making Jess Miller's race, head to this link.
Jess Miller photo courtesy of Hanover Athletic Communications