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WVU Cross Country Update

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Written by: Samuel Donato 

The Mountaineers cross country season has concluded at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships as Maggie Drazba and Jillian Forsey represented the team in good fashion at the race. Out of 250 runners in the 6k race, Drazba finished 58th and Forsey finished in 97th. Drazba finished with a time of 20:34.8, making that her best career finished at the NCAA Championships. Last time she competed in the championships, she placed 91st with a time of 21:09.2. Forsey finished with a time of 20:49.8. In 2014, she placed 14th overall to earn All-American honors. This was her third time competing in the championships.

“We are leaving Indiana with very mixed emotions,” said coach Sean Cleary. “Maggie ran a fantastic race. This was without a doubt the best race of Maggie’s WVU career. Running within 10 seconds of an All-American award puts the stamp on a wonderful comeback for Maggie. This sets her up very well for the rest of the year. Maggie will leave this meet knowing that the best running years of her life are in front of her. For Jillian, we are heart broken. A fall between 2-3k took her out of the race. Jill had a much better start then she did in 2014. Both Jill and Maggie are committed to having their entire team with them in the NCAA Finals next fall. They have the ability, and I have no doubt that they will work hard enough as a unit to accomplish that goal.”

This is the fourth time in school history that two runners represented the Mountaineers at the National Championships. Rebecca Stallwood and Merissa Sexsmith ran in 1999, Megan Metcalfe and Tara Struyk ran in 2003, and Kaitlyn Gillespie and Sarah-Anne Brault in 2010. 

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