HANOVER, Ind. – Junior Claudia Keep posted the 47th fastest time out of 280 runners Saturday afternoon at the 2013 NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championships hosted by Hanover College.
Keep's time of 22:09.9 was ten seconds behind the 35th place finisher of Emily Cousens of New York University, the last runner to earn All-American honors. The 36th through 50th place runner's final time was separated by a mere 12-seconds.
Keep stayed in the top 30 for most of the race. At the 2K mark, she was in top 20 and by the halfway mark she was in the top 25. However, by the 2.9 mile mark she was just outside 35th place before falling back just a little bit in the final push to the end.
This is Keep's second trip to the national championships. When she was a freshman, she became the first Bryn Mawr cross country runner to qualify for the year-ending race. That year, Keep posted a time of 21:57.09 and finished 56th.
With the 47th place finish, Keep has posted the highest national finish for an Owl. Last season, Kristina Kronauer finished in 145th place at the national race in Terre Haute, Ind.
To see how Claudia performed during the race via Twitter through her teammates, visit twitter.com/#CKeepRun.
The 2013 Individual National Champion was Chelsea Johns of St. Scholastica while the 2013 Centennial Conference team winner, Johns Hopkins, took home the team championship for the second straight year.
The NCAA DIII National Championship is the final event for the sport until the 2014 season.