KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On the heels of finishing 23rd in the 37th annual NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championship, the Raven Women's Cross Country team earned a No. 23 ranking in the anchoring the Raven Women's Cross Country team to a No. 23 ranking in the Postseason Top 25 Caoches' Poll on Wednesday. The finish marks the highest postseason finish for the Ravens in program history.
For her efforts individually, Lauren Benzing was officially recognized by the Association as Women's Cross Country All-American and then on Monday, she was also named a NAIA All-America selection by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
Individually, Benzing placed 18th with a time of 17:40.52 on Saturday to help guide the Ravens to their best finish at the national championship event. The previous top finish by the program came during the 2014 championships held at Rim Rock Ranch outside of Lawrence when the team placed 24th.
Benedictine's team result was 25 points better than fellow Heart member MNU, who finished in 24th place behind the Ravens after narrowly upsetting Benedictine in the Heart Championships.
While the men's program missed out on competing at the 61st annual NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship, they were represented at the event.
Joseph Barnes placed 158th in the 331 runner field as he finished the course in a time of 26:22.9.