Louisville, Ky. - Senior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich./Northwest) raced to a 67th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday (Nov. 19) at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
Arnold crossed the finish line with a time of 21:44.1 in her final collegiate cross country race. In 2014, Arnold finished 68th as a sophomore in her first-ever national appearance.
"I am so proud of Kaitlyn," Head Coach Matt Chovanec said. "She's done everything the correct way both on the cross country course and in the classroom. Even though the race may not have gone the way we would've liked, I felt she won the best award here in the Elite 90 recognition.
"She truly embodies a successful Division III student-athlete. She will be missed by us, but will go on to great things in the future. Our Alma College family should celebrate her success and know that we are preparing students well for the future."
Arnold, who was awarded the NCAA Elite 90 award on Friday (Nov. 18), will graduate in the Spring of 2017 and leaves the program as one of the most decorated cross country runners in Alma College history with two national meet appearances. In addition, she is a three-time All-MIAA First Team honoree and has earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors in each of the last three seasons.
Arnold will resume competition as a part of the Alma College indoor and outdoor track and field teams and hopes to qualify for each of the respective NCAA III Championships as a distance runner.