NEW YORK – Columbia cross country standouts Caroline McDonough and Thomas Poland competed at the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., Monday, with strong results. McDonough was just hundredths of a second from All-America honors.
Senior Thomas Poland was Columbia’s representative on the men’s side, and he ran well, finished 162nd overall, out of 246 runners, with a time of 31:42.2.
Sophomore Caroline McDonough ran in the women’s race, and came within an arm’s length of her goal of All-America honors. McDonough finished 43rd overall out of 253 runners, with a time of 20:54.2. The top 40 runners earn All-America status, and McDonough was just four tenths of a second from a 40th place finish. McDonough was the second finisher from the Ivy League on the women’s side, beating four Princeton runners, along with a representative from Cornell.
The NCAA National Championships mark the end of the cross country season for Columbia, as the Lions will now shift their focus to the 2010-11 Indoor Track & Field season, in which Columbia will host the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at the Armory in New York City, Feb. 26-28.