Roberts Places 52nd At NCAA Championship

Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts

Courtesy of Benedictine University

Elsah, Ill. -- Sophomore Emma Roberts placed 52nd overall at the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship in at the Principia North Farm Course.

TIME: 21:49.10

"Every time your season ends at the NCAA Championship it means you've put in the work to compete at the highest level and that is exactly what Emma did," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Kevin Paterson. "Her work ethic and attitude is second to none and I'm so proud of the student-athlete that she has become."

Roberts became the first Benedictine student-athlete to qualify for nationals in 15 years after she set a personal record at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Johns Hopkins won its fifth NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship with a total of 96 points while Khia Kurtenbach finished the race first with a time of 20:39.20.

"This year has brought me farther than I ever could have imagined," said Roberts. "Molly Remley really taught me so much and trained me very well. She and Coach Paterson are building an all-around great running program and I have to thank them and the other coaches who have worked so hard to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I also want to give a special thanks to Dr. Rubush who has pushed me in workouts this year to help get me to where I am. Overall, these coaches, my friends, and my professors have given me so much support this season and I am so grateful for all of them. I know this season wouldn't have been what it was without them."