Galligan and Ryan First Presidents To Run In NCAA Cross Country Championship
OSHKOSH, Wisc. - Junior Scott Ryan (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) and freshman Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) became the first W&J cross country runners to race in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Oshkosh, Wisc.
Ryan finished the 279-runner, 8K course with a time of 25:45.20. Ryan finished in 175th, just over two minutes behind National Champion Ben Sathre of St. Thomas (Minn.).
Galligan ran a 22:48.62 in the 277-runner, 6K course. She finished in 179th position. Chiara Del Piccolo of Williams College became the national champion with a time of 20:52.08.
A three-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Runner of the Week this fall, Ryan was the runner-up at the PAC Championships in late October and won races at Waynesburg and Pitt-Greensburg early in the season.
Galligan burst onto the season as one of the Mideast Region’s top freshmen. She was twice selected as the PAC Runner of the Week. Galligan did not finish outside of the top 16 runners at any of her first seven races this fall, including one championship (Pitt-Greensburg) and three runner-up showings (Waynesburg, Carnegie Mellon, PAC Championships).