November 23, 2013

Horowitz and Skinner Turn in All-American Performances at Nationals

HANOVER, Ind. – Bowdoin cross country runners Coby Horowitz and Lucy Skinner each earned All-American with top finishes at this year's NCAA Division III Championship hosted by Hanover College.
 
Horowitz and Skinner earned individual bids after a pair of top ten finishes at last week's regional. Horowitz took fourth overall in the men's race while Skinner placed ninth in the women's race. The top-six individuals who are not part of qualifying teams earn bids to the Championship. All-American is awarded to the top 35 finishers at the National Championship meet.
 
Horowitz added to his impressive athletic resume, which already included eight All-American honors, with a 12th place finish at nationals. Running the 8K race in windy and cold temperatures, Horowitz improved his position in the pack with every mile. After the firstmile, Horowitz was in 60th place but moved up to 45th by the next mile marker. Three miles into the course he had passed another five competitors, and continued to gain ground as he clocked the fourth mile in 25th place. With 800 meters remaining he moved up another six spots and closed out the remaining 400 running into a headwind and passing seven more competitors to finish in 12th. Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College took home the top spot with a final time of 24:29.3. Horowitz completed the 8K meter racer in 25:02.4.
 
On the women's side, Skinner's 30th place finish was good for her first All-American recognition. Finishing ninth at the New England Regional, Skinner was the seventh New England finisher across the line in Hanover. Last season Skinner was Bowdoin's number three runner, finishing 50th in the region, before jumping to the number one spot, a top ten finish at regionals, and an All-American finish at nationals. In the 6K race, Skinner started the first kilometer in 100th place before moving up ten spots at the 2K mark. After the 2000 meter mark she began to push up in the pack, running in 60th place at 3K. She improved another 20 spots over by the next mark, before moving into 36th place with only 1000 meters to go. Skinner made her final six passes on thewindiest stretch of the course, closing out with a final 21:57.6. Chelsea Johnson of St. Scholastica took first with a time of 21:11.7.