Haftu Strintzos Sets A Villanova Record in NCAA Cross Country Championships

Villanova Women’s Team Places 27th in Team Total

November 21, 2021 –

Hatfu Strintzos established a new Villanova program record running the fastest 10k time at the NCAA Cross Country Men’s Championships. The senior from Melbourne, Australia ran the course in 28:57.3 to place ninth at the meet. It was the fastest time for a Wildcat runner since Patrick Tiernan won the individual title five years ago covering the distance in 29:11.1.

Villanova men also had Jack Jennings and Josh Phillips qualify to run. Jennings placed 73rd in a time of 29:57.1. Phillips covered the distance in 30:46.6 to come in 167th.

Penn Runner Competes

Noah Carey represented the University of Pennsylvania placing 119th with a time of 30:27.7.

NCAA Cross Country Champions

Conner Mantz of BYU won the individual title in a time of 28:33.1, six tenths of a second before second place finisher Wesley Kiptoc of Iowa State. The team title was claimed by Northern Arizona who had three runners in the top 13 finishers. Abdihamid Nur was 7th posting a time of 28:52.9. Dylan Jacobs was 10th (28:57.5) and Drew Bosley placed 13th (29:13.8). George Kusche (37th – 29:29.4) and Brody Hasty (29th – 29:30.2) also scored for the national champions.

Women’s Cross Country Results – 27th Place for the Villanova women’s team

The Wildcats women’s team qualified for the team national championship getting an at-large bid. Three Nova runners placed in the top 100 to finish in 27th place. All of the top three finished within 3 seconds of one another to give the team a successful finish to the fall season.

Sadie Sigfstead led Villanova finishing 93rd posting a time of 20:27.5 over the 6k course. Maggie Smith came in 97th running the distance in 20:30.4, two places ahead of Lydia Oilvere who ran a 20:30.4.

Anna Helwigh and McKenna Keegan were the fourth and fifth scoring runners finishing within two places of each other. Helwigh ran a 21:29.5 while Keegan turned in a 21:33.8 time.

Freshman Elizabeth Vaughn and Emily Robinson ran close together to finish 248th and 249th. Vaughn posted a 22:46.9 while Robinson clocked in at 22:51.6.

Temple Runner Places 141st

Michelle Joyce competed in her first NCAA Championship and ran a 20:44.9 time for the Owls.

Women’s National Champions

Whittni Orton was the individual champion running a 19:25.3, four seconds faster than Mercy Chelangot of Alabama. The team title went to NC State with 84 points. BYU was second posting 122 points. The Wolfpack had five runners place in the top-25 to get the crown. Kelsey Chmiel (6th – 19:34.6), Katelyn Tuohy (19:43.0), Alexandra Hays (22nd – 19:48.2), Hannah Steelman (24th – 19:49.6), and Samantha Bush (32nd – 19:52.9) were the top finishes for the team. The quintet ran within 18.3 seconds of one another. Dominque Clairmonte (20:49.2) was 152nd for NC State.

Written By: Glenn Papazian

Contact: Glenn@PhillyCollegeSports.com

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