Schilling repeats as All-America

November 21, 2004

COLFAX, Wis. - Eileen Schilling of Centre College earned her All-America honors for the second straight year after finished 33rd at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

Schilling ran the 6-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 23 seconds, shaving several seconds off her fastest time of the year.

"She just had an amazing race," Centre coach Lisa Owens said. "She started off in the top 40 and just kept climbing from there."

Meanwhile, the Centre men, who had qualified for the national meet for the first time, finished last among the 24 teams in the field.

"We're not disappointed with that," Owens said. "We're looking at this as just getting a taste of nationals in hopes that we can build on this experience in the future."


The top 35 runners in each race are designated All-Americans, and Schilling, a sophomore, finished two places than in her freshman year.

"It was a much tougher field that it was last year," Owens said. "She's the type of athlete that just rises to the occasion. She proved herself once again as just a top-notch female athlete ... and she's just continuing to get better."

Centre's top five men were separated by just 32 seconds in their 8-kilometer race, led by freshman Nate Blank with a time of 26:40 and junior Mark Noll at 26:47.

"The way they ran as a team was just a superior performance," Owens said. "We're going to grow on this."


Individual leader - Josh Moon (Wartburg) 24:28.

Centre runners - 115. Nate Blank 26:40; 127. Mark Noll 26:47; 140. Eric Hack 27:06; 141. Anthony Lippert 27:09; 144. John Thompson 27:12; 160. Michael Haworth 27:54; 162. Jeff Briggs 28:07.


Individual leader - Missy Buttry (Wartburg) 20:22.

Centre runner - 33. Eileen Schilling 22:23.

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