The Cross Lutheran girls’ cross country team was crowned national champions Saturday at the National Lutheran Cross Country Championship meet hosted by Concordia University in Mequon, Wisc.
Cross tied with Immanuel Lutheran from Palatine, 47-47, but won on the tie breaker of 6th runner finish.
The lady Crusaders also earned several individual honors. In the 7th/8th-grade division Alexandria Weyrich (3rd place) and Kiley Haug (6th) earned 1st team All-American honors, Lauren Daffenberg (10th)earned 2nd team All-American, and Kelly Knauf (15th) and Stephanie Schlichting (21st) earned 3rd team All-American. In the 5th/6th-grade division Ava Weyrich earned 1st team All-American honors (2nd place) and Nicole Greyer earned 2nd team All-American honors (11th). McKenzie Lux also competed for the Crusaders finishing 65th overall.
This was the second time that Cross Lutheran won the national meet. The team also won the meet last season.
The national championship caps off a very successful season that also included winning the state meet last week.
In the boys’ race, Cross Lutheran was represented by two individuals, both achieving All-American status. Nick Shanks placed 20th in the 7th/8th-grade division to earn 3rd team All-American, while Zach Rice finished 15th in the 5th/6th-grade division to also earn 3rd team All-American. This was the 1st cross country season for both Rice and Shanks and both runners had a successful inaugural season.
Information provided by Cross Lutheran.