GORHAM, Maine – Bennington College senior Annika Kristiansen (Keene, N.H.) became the first runner in Southern Vermont College women's cross country history to run a 6,000 meter race in under 24 minutes as she crossed the finish line of the NCAA Division III New England Regional Qualifier with a mark of 23:32 on Saturday.
In the event hosted by the University of Southern Maine, Kristiansen completed the Gorham Country Club course with a split pace of 6:19 per mile. She was the only Mountaineer to participate in the regional and finished in the top third of the challenging field which included 393 of New England's best harriers.
For runners to advance to the NCAA DIII National Championship, they must be among the first seven finishers who are not on the top-two teams; all members of those top-two squads automatically qualify—regardless of their individual placement.
Kristiansen is now the owner of SVC's 5K and 6K records after she set a new 5,000 meter mark last year. On Saturday, she surpassed Hall of Famer Kathleen Newton '04 to break the school best by 37 seconds. Kristiansen's time in Gorham was also 1:56 better than her previous personal record for a 6K race.
Southern Vermont College
112th – Annika Kristiansen: 23:32 (PR)
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