Addison fares well in national XC finale


Bluejays senior Christina Addison used a ninth-place finish at the conference cross-country meet to qualify for the race, where she finished sixth among the females representing the KCAC. The above photo of Addison was taken during the Tabor Invitational in September. Also pictured is Friends runner Kelli Woodward.

Tabor College senior Christina Addison finished in 194th place out of 330 runners with a time of 20:34 at the 2009 NAIA National Cross Country meet held in Vancouver, Wash.

Her time was also good for sixth among KCAC females after she finished ninth at the conference championship.

?It rained throughout the week and most of Friday, so the course was pretty wet,? coach Dan Swaney said. ?There were a few spots that were really muddy but Christina said they really didn't affect her that much. They weren't real big and it was possible to swing wide and get past most of the mud without having to go through it.

?She came through the first mile only five seconds slower than she did at conference, which probably took more effort today,? he noted. ?I think this was the largest race I've ever been to…it was difficult to tell how she was doing after the first mile because I didn't see any other mile markers and it was impossible to know if her position had changed.?

Andrew Topham placed 36th out of 323 runners on the men?s course, finishing with a time of 25:58. He placed 30th for purposes of team scoring, and helped lift Southwestern to 26th place among 32 men?s teams.

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