USI's Kohnen runs to All-America honor

USI's Kohnen runs to All-America honor

LOUISVILLE, KY (WFIE) - University of Southern Indiana women's cross country senior Julia Kohnen (Florissant, Missouri) raced to an 11th-place finish and an All-America honor Saturday at the NCAA Division II Championships at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

Kohnen, who competed as an individual, completed the 5,780-meter course in 21 minutes, 33.7 seconds as she became the Screaming Eagles' first cross country All-American since Jackie Henderson in 2010.

Her finish also was USI's highest placement since Mary Ballinger finished fifth at the 2009 NCAA II Championships.

A four-year standout on the USI women's soccer team, Kohnen garners her first-ever All-America award in her only season on the cross country team.

She was less than 30 seconds off the winning pace (21:05.8), set by Grand Valley State University's Kendra Foley.

The Lakers had the top three individual finishers as they cruised to their third straight team title, while Hillsdale College was second.

The Midwest Region was represented well, with three of the top six teams and four of the top 11. Wayne State University (sixth) and Malone University (11th) joined Grand Valley State and Hillsdale in the top 11.

USI finished fifth at the NCAA II Midwest Region Championships two weeks ago, missing out on a trip to nationals by just 13 points.

Kohnen, who will conclude her eligibility with the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons, becomes USI's eighth women's cross country All-American.

She was one of four Eagles to earn All-America honors on Saturday, as USI men's runners Tyler Pence (Springfield, Illinois), Johnnie Guy (Palmyra, Indiana), and Tyler Schickel (Poseyville, Indiana) earned All-America accolades with their top-40 finishes in the men's race.

Note: The course was shortened from six-kilometers due to soggy conditions. USI will host the NCAA II Cross Country Championships in 2017.

Provided by USI Sports Information Department