Nov. 22: St. Lawrence University sophomore Wendy Pavlus, who was named the Atlantic Region's Women's Runner of the Year on Friday, put an exclamation point on her fantastic 2008 season by earning All-America honors at the NCAA Championships on Saturday. The Tupper Lake, NY native's 20th place showing led the Saints to 21st place out of 32 teams.
The women's race began at 12:00pm in mid-20 degree temperatures, heavy frost and light winds. The 6k L.S. Ayres Complex on the campus of Hanover College in Hanover, IN was firm and fairly fast, with the sidelines occupied by a large contingent of St. Lawrence University parents and alumni who were out in full force to support both the men's and women's squads.
Pavlus, who won the Atlantic Regional last weekend at St. Lawrence, finished the race in a time of 21:32, landing in 20th position out of 279 athletes. The All-American honors are the first for Pavlus, who finished 50th in the national championship race last season.
First-year student Jenna Hulton was the second runner for St. Lawrence in 59th place overall with a time of 22:05, while junior Johannah Ludington followed ten spots back in 69th place with a time of 22:10.
Rookie Jenny Kaagan was next for the Scarlet and Brown, as she was clocked in with a time of 23:41. Rounding out the team's line-up on Saturday were junior Hillary St. John (248th, 23:55), senior Lyndsay Bisaccio (255th, 24:04) and sophomore Elizabeth Atwood (258th, 24:09).