Tradition of Excellence: Harren Captures 2005 NCAA Cross Country Title

Posted on March 25th, 2020 by

Hailey Harren capturing the 2005 Central Region title (photo courtesy of Molly Richards, Wartburg Sports Information)

In the absence of sports for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, Gustavus sports information will provide a series of stories to take a look back at great moments in Golden Gustie athletics history, celebrating its proud tradition of excellence.

November 19, 2005

Harren Captures NCAA Cross Country Title

By Tim Kennedy, Gustavus Sports Information Director

Gustavus Adolphus junior Hailey Harren (Cold Spring, Minn.) captured the individual title at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Methodist Theological School and the Dornoch Golf Club in Delaware, Ohio. Harren outdistanced runner-up Julia Rudd of UW-LaCrosse by 8 seconds. Harren, who picked up her sixth individual title of the season, ran side-by-side with Rudd through the first four kilometers, but began to build a lead over the final 1.5 kilometers, traversing the 6-kilometer course in a time of 21:52.9. Gustavus senior Kourtney Joyce (Wadena, Minn.) finished 55th in a time of 23:19.20.

Harren is the second Gustavus cross country runner to capture an individual NCAA Championship. Sarah Edmonds also captured the title in 1992. Harren completed a “trifecta” of sorts this season, capturing the MIAC Championship, the Central Region Championship and the NCAA Championship. Harren also won titles at Saint John’s, St. Olaf, and Wartburg this season and finished second at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.

Harren was named Division III National Female Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the Championships. Harren also received MIAC Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors as well as Division III Central Region Female Athlete of the Year honors from the USTFCCCA.

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Previous “Tradition of Excellence” stories:

1987 Men’s Basketball Wins MIAC Playoffs

1985 Gymnastics Wins Division III National Championship

2009 Men’s Hockey Advances to NCAA Title Game

2015 Volleyball Wins 27 Straight

1971 Men’s Tennis Marks Coach Wilkinson’s First MIAC Title


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