Terre Haute, Ind. – Graduate student Juliet Bottorff became just the fourth Blue Devil in school history to earn multiple cross country All-America honors and the first since Maddie McKeever in 2007. Bottorff’s second cross country All-America honor of her collegiate career came Saturday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind., after she placed 21st overall at the NCAA National Championship. Bottorff’s first cross country All-America accolade came at last year’s national championship where the Newark, Del., native placed 27th overall.
Heavy rains fell on the course earlier in the week causing messy racing conditions for the 254 harriers that toed the line. Race officials were forced to move the starting line 110 meters closer to the finish to allow proper footing for the competitors.
Iona’s Kate Avery raced to the front early, while Bottorff settled into the chase pack, passing the 2,000-meter mark in 44th place. Bottorff continued working through the field, moving up 18 positions by the 4,000m mark, splitting a 13:22.5. Over the final 2,000m, Bottorff advanced an additional five positions, crossing the finish line in a time of 20:33.0. The Blue Devil averaged 5:30 per mile over the 6,000m LaVern Gibson Championship cross country course.
With her 21st-place finish, Bottorff received her sixth All-America accolade, two of which were earned in cross country and four of which came on the track.