TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Bridgewater College senior Olivia Mills capped off a stellar career with the Eagles women's cross country team by making program history. Mills finished in 26th place at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships to earn All-America honors, becoming Bridgewater's first All-American in women's cross country.
Mills finished the 6K course with a time of 21:49.30 to finish among the nation's top 35 runners to earn the prestigious All-America honor in her third trip to the championship meet.
The Fredericksburg, Va. native clocked an average mile pace of 5:52 on the six-kilometer course. Mills came thru the marker at three kilometers in a time of 10:42 to sit comfortably in a position to earn All-America accolades at the midway point of the race.
Mills, the 2012 conference runner of the year, was the top performer from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and posted the second-best time among Virginian's in the meet, finishing behind Mary Baldwin's Sophia Stone.
Freshman teammate Kaylee Kubisiak also competed for the Eagles in her first national championship race. The Abbottstown, Pa. native finished in 123rd place overall with a time of 22:55.1. Kubisiak clocked a 6:09 mile pace in the final race of a stellar rookie season with the Eagles.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh senior Christy Cazzola claimed the individual national title with a winning time of 20:53.3. Cazzola topped the field by over 15 seconds to earn the national title.
Johns Hopkins earned the team championship after placing two runners in the top 25. The Blue Jays claimed the team title with 158 total points to top Wartburg by 63.
The meet wraps up a solid 2012 season for the women's cross country team.