Purdue Fort Wayne's Rafuse clocks Summit League's second-best time at Cross Country Nationals

Purdue Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse clocked second-best league time at the NCAA Women's Cross Country National Championship.
Purdue Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse clocked second-best league time at the NCAA Women's Cross Country National Championship.


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MADISON, Wis. – Purdue Fort Wayne senior Emma Rafuse finished 58th at the 2018 NCAA Championships on Saturday (Nov. 17) morning with a time of 20:45.18 on a snowy, cold day in her native Wisconsin.

Rafuse's time of 20:45.18 places second behind Erin Teschuk of North Dakota State who clocked a 20:18.4 time and finished 26th in 2015.

Rafuse's 58th place finish is the fourth best finish ever of a Summit League runner at nationals. Laura Rolf of Valparaiso took 41st with a time of 21:32 in 2006.

"Emma had a fantastic race, especially for it being her first time at the National meet," Purdue Fort Wayne head coach Ashley Botham said. "Her ability to race consistently regardless of weather paid off big today with temperatures in the 20's and two inches of snow on the course. She put herself in a great position right from the start and ran strong the whole way. She was projected to finish 115th based on pre-race rankings and finished in 58th! She doesn't make excuses and she is always tough, that showed true today. Emma has the mindset of a champion and I couldn't be prouder of her season."

Colorado won the team title with Colorado's Dani Jones (19:42.8) winning the individual title.

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.