by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
ELSAH, Ill. – Whitworth women's cross country took home 13th place at the NCAA Division III National Championships on Saturday morning, the second best finish in school history.
Kayla Leland led the way in 19th place with a time of 21:12.80. She was the third best runner from the West Region and the top finisher from the Northwest Conference.
Leland earned All-American honors for the second straight year. All-American runners are the top-35 finishers at the Division III National Championships.
As a team, the Pirates scored 415 points, edging the University of Chicago (421 points) for 13th place. The only Whitworth team with a better finish were the 2009 Pirates, who took home 6th place. Last year, the Pirates finished 17th with 477 points, which was tied for the second best result in school history at the time.
Chicago's Khia Kurtenbach won the individual race with a time of 20:39.20. She was closely followed by Bryn McKillop of Claremont-Mudd-Scipps in 20:45.90.
The Athenas were the only other West Region team competing and finished in 12th as a team, just 13 points in front of the Pirates. Johns Hopkins won the team title with 96 points, nearly 100 points in front of second place finisher Wisconsin-Eau Claire, who had 191.
Principia College hosted the Division III National Championships in Elsah, Ill. The Panthers held the race at the North Farm Cross Country Course.