Women’s Cross Country Concludes Outstanding Season at NCAA Championships

Women’s Cross Country Concludes Outstanding Season at NCAA Championships

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Penn State women’s cross country team finished out their 2023 campaign at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The Nittany Lion women placed 31st in the country in their first trip back to the national meet since 2019.

“While today wasn’t the day we wanted, it has been a special season for this group of women,’ said Head Coach John Gondak. “We had a goal to get back to the NCAA Championships this year and we did that. Over 300 universities start the season trying to get to this meet, so it was a great accomplishment for us to make it here. We’ll have six of our top seven runners back next year, so the future is bright.”


Maddie Ullom (21:00.7, 150th) led the Nittany Lions through the line for the third time this season. Ullom’s time is Penn State’s fastest at the NCAA Championship meet since Danae Rivers ran a 21:00 in 2018. Penn State’s second finisher was Florence Caron (21:18.6, 182nd) followed by Kileigh Kane (21:26.9, 192nd) and Faith DeMars (21:29.6, 197th). Claire Zubey (22:01.7, 228th) rounded out the Nittany Lions’ top five finishers.

No. 2 NC State took the team title (123 pts) by one point over No. 1 Northern Arizona (124 pts) with No. 4 Oklahoma State (156 pts) rounding out the top three.

Penn State Women’s Top Seven Results (787 pts): 

Place (Points)
  Runner                         Time

150 (119)        Maddie Ullom             21:00.7 

182 (151)        Florence Caron           21:18.6

192 (160)        Kileigh Kane                21:26.9

197 (164)        Faith DeMars              21:29.6

228 (193)        Claire Zubey                22:01.7

229                  Sophia Toti                  22:03.1 

230                  Lea Hatcher                 22:03.9


With the 2023 cross country campaign now complete, the Nittany Lions will gear up for the 2023-24 indoor track & field season.


Follow along with the team on our social media pages on Facebook (PennStateTFXC) and X/Instagram (@pennstatetfxc). 

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