Two members of the University of Redlands cross country teams competed in the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday morning in cold conditions in Louisville, Kentucky. While taking on a slick course at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, the Bulldogs gave it their all in the final meet of the season.
Junior Tucker Cargile (Denver, CO) posted an 8K-time of 24:51.1 to come in 24th place out of 280 runners. He completed his second trip to nationals nearly a minute faster than last year for his second-fastest 8k time of his career. He ran an average mile of 4:59.5 and completed the race just 37.2 seconds behind the leader. With this impressive finish, Cargile secured an All-American nod for the first such honor in Redlands cross country program history.
Senior Maria Ramirez (Orange, CA) left it all on the course producing a time of 22:45.9 for 85th place among 280, 6K competitors. While making her third national appearance, she posted a nearly identical time from last year's national championship race. Ramirez averaged a 7:43.5-mile and finished less than two minutes behind the champion in the high-caliber event that included the best of the best.