Competing in her first NCAA Cross Country Championship meet, Aggie junior harrier Courtney Schultz set a personal record time of 20:55.1 on a cold and blustery day in Terre Haute, Indiana on Monday.
After finishing 8th at the NCAA Mountain Regional, Schultz was one of four automatic qualifiers from the region. She started off the 6K strong as she maintained pace with the lead pack as SMU's Silje Fjortoft set the early pace running a 3K time of 9:41 to lead the field by over 10 seconds. Schultz's 3K time of 9:59 had her in the Top 30 at the midway point.
Schultz maintained pace throughout the next 2,000 meters of the race and stood in 34th with 1,000 meters to go. Schultz would just run out of gas in the final 1,000 meters but still finished the meet at 20:55.1 setting a personal record and finishing 88th out of 254 runners. She also beat her Pre-National 6K time of 21:29 by 34 seconds.
Sheila Reid from Villanova won the national championship with a time of 19:41.2, her second consecutive individual title while Georgetown won the team title for the first time.
Schultz's finish wraps up a highly successful 2011 cross country season for the Aggies which saw them record runner-up finishes on both the men's and women's races that the WAC Championships.
Eric Fenton earned WAC Freshman of the Year and Courtney Schultz earned WAC Female Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive time as she won the WAC meet for the third consecutive time while a total of nine Aggies earned All-WAC honors.