TOLEDO, Ohio - Juniors Caroline McDonough and Clare Buck posted top-10 finishes to lead the Columbia women's cross country team to a fourth-place showing in 2011 Toledo Bubble Buster at the University of Toledo.
Columbia totaled 106 points in the 4K race to take fourth in a tough eight-team field which featured five schools (West Virginia, Toledo, Arkansas, Columbia, San Francisco) either ranked or receiving votes in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll. Arkansas took first with 36 points and No. 19 West Virginia (57 points) and San Francisco (101 points).
The Lions finished ahead of the race host No. 29 Toledo by nine points. Columbia also finished better than major programs Baylor and Ohio State.
McDonough and Buck had strong performances for Columbia and are coming into midseason form. McDonough posted a time of 13:43.6 and her 1 km pace time was 3:25. Buck clocked in at 13:44.2 with a 3:26 1 km pace time.
Junior Emily Lanois took 19th with a time of 13:56.5 to give the Lions three finishers in the top 20. Sophomore Caroline Williams (34th, 14:16.4) and junior Mallory Anderson (35th, 14:20.9) also had strong showings in the 93-runner field.
The Columbia women will be back in action on Oct. 7 when they compete in the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park.