Smith Earns All-America Honors, Leads Women's Cross Country to 26th at NCAAs

Smith Earns All-America Honors, Leads Women's Cross Country to 26th at NCAAs

Junior Courtney Smith earned All-America recognition by placing 35th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Junior Courtney Smith earned USTFCCCA All-America honors by finishing 35th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, pacing the Harvard women's team to a 26th place finish overall with 551 points. Oregon (125 points) won the team championship, followed by Michigan (126 points) and Colorado (134 points).

Harvard's team finish was the best by a Crimson team since placing 13th at the 1983 NCAA Cross Country Championships. This year marked the fourth time in program history that the team qualified for the national championships (1982, 1983, 2012, 2016).

Smith's finish was the best by a Harvard runner at the NCAA Cross Country Championships since Suzanne Jones in 1988. She became the sixth All-American in program history by virtue of her top-40 finish and the first since Lindsey Scherf '08 in 2004.

In cold, windy conditions at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course, Smith, who began the race in the lead pack, finished in 20:21.1. Karissa Schweizer of Missouri won the individual championship 19:41.6, while Erin Finn of Michigan placed second in 19:44.2 and Anna Rohrer of Notre Dame took third in 19:44.6.

Sophomore Erin Dietz placed 137th, finishing in 20:59.0. Freshman Lisa Tertsch was right behind in 21:00.9 as Harvard's third scoring runner in 141st place overall. Freshman Judy Pendergast finished 176th in 21:14.0, and junior Elianna Shwayder rounded out the scoring for the Crimson, placing 191st in 21:23.0.

Harvard cross country will now transition its focus to the 2016-17 indoor track and field season.

NCAA Championships
1. Karissa Schweizer (Missouri), 19:41.6
2. Erin Finn (Michigan), 19:44.2
3. Anna Rohrer (Notre Dame), 19:44.6
4. Katie Rainsberger (Oregon), 19:51.1
5. Sharon Lokedi (Kansas), 19:52.2
35. Courtney Smith (Harvard), 20:21.1