CLEVELAND, Ohio - Running in his third straight NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, senior Francis Reynolds (Palo Alto, Calif.) wrapped up an outstanding collegiate cross country career with a second straight All-American performance, taking 34th at the championships on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.
Reynolds battled with west region foe Eric Kleinsasser of Occidental for most of the race but he edged past the Tiger harrier at the finish line as both runners finished with a time of 26:08.4 but Reynolds was given 34th place over Kleinsasser's 35th place. Senior Ricky Flynn of Lynchburg won the individual title, finishing in a time of 25:09.8. North Central College took the team title, placing all five of their scoring runners in the top 20 to finish with 50 points, 131 points less than second place Williams.
Sophomore Hayley Walker (Cambria, Calif./Coast Union) held her own in the 279-runner field, taking 73rd with a time of 23:21.0 in her first national championship. Junior Wendy Pavlus of St. Lawrence took the individual title with a time of 21:28.0, winning by over 17 seconds over second-place Marie Borner of Bethel (Minn.). Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the team title with 171 points, slipping past second place St. Lawrence, who collected 180 points.
The 2009 championships were run at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio and hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College.