MADISON, WIS. - The 18th-ranked Toledo women's cross country team ran to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet, which was hosted by Wisconsin Friday afternoon at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.
Forced to compete without two-time, All-MAC runner Megan Wright (leg injury), the Rockets were able to secure a top-five regional finish, and presumably an at-large bid to the NCAA championship, for the third year in a row with 162 points.
Senior Kaylin Belair led the way for UT with an 11th-place finish among 218 runners. She recorded a final time of 20:41, finishing just shy of her personal-best time of 20:22 that was set at the same course back on Oct. 12. She also improved from her 16th-place finish at the 2011 Great Lakes regional.
Sophomores Liz Weiler, Priscilla Timmons and Brooke Tullis crossed the line next for the Rockets. Weiler joined Belair as the other Rocket to finish sub-21:00 with a personal-best time of 20:48. Timmons, the only UT runner that ran in last year's regional race besides Belair, crossed the line at 21:05 in 29th place. Tullis finished in 48th place with a time of 21:32.
Junior Devyn Ramsay closed out the UT scoring in 58th place and a final time of 21:40.
Sophomore Mackenzie Chojnacky and freshman Stephanie Ingraham also ran for the Rockets. Chojnacky earned MAC Runner of the Week honors twice this season, but was slowed by a lower leg injury and illness in the final weeks of the season. She finished one second behind Ramsay at 21:41. Ingraham made her Rocket debut with a final time of 21:52, while filling in nicely for the injured Wright.
MAC champion Julie Accurso (Ohio) claimed the top spot with a 5:24 mile pace and final time of 20:07.
No. 6 Michigan recorded the top team score with 41 points, followed by No. 11 Michigan State (77), Notre Dame (89) and Butler (144).