EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Wrapping her career at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship Saturday morning, senior Katherine Yost (Norcross, Georgia) braved the cold and a massive 247-runner field to take 74th place.
Yost crossed the line in her final 6K at 22:23.8, good for fourth in school history. She owns the top seven times in the school recordbooks. The finish is a 26-place improvement over last year's run at the NCAA Finals, as Yost was the first Bobcat in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championship race.
"I felt pretty good until the last 'K', I got a pretty bad cramp but other than that it went well," said Yost. "I completed my career just how I wanted to. I couldn't have done much better in my opinion."
The senior closed her career in style this year, posting five race wins, including the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship in October. She was named the first PBC Runner of the Year in school history, and finishes as the first three-time All-Region honoree as well.
"It's been fun to watch her improve and get better every year," said head coach Steven Cary. "We've had to learn a lot through these last four years, but it's been great. Top-75 is an elite group."
The Bobcat junior finished fifth among Southeast Region runners in today's action, and tops among PBC harriers.
Adams State University won the National Championship with just 126 points, beating the University of Mary by 11. The University of Alaska-Anchorage's Caroline Kurgat the individual National Title, finishing in 20:32.
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