The individual trip to the national championship race comes on the heel's of Lambert's All-Region selection with a 24th-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Regional race that featured the nation's top-ranked Northern Arizona among seven nationally ranked opponents.
Junior Katherine Receveur celebrates as she crosses the finish line at the Big Ten Cross-Country Championships on October 29 at the IU Championship Cross Country Course.
Freshman Jodie Judd, on the women's side, was the top finisher on either side for the Seminoles. The Senior finished with a time of 19:50.9. Senior Donson Cook-Gallardo (Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) almost won the individual title, finishing a close second behind champion Mark Fairley of Central College. Thirteen additional teams received at-large selections.
"Karissa looked awesome up front", coach Marc Burns said.
"We really didn't talk much about the weather".
Michigan State won the NCAA Great Lakes Regional men's title with 68 total points and its top five runners finishing in an average time of 31:17.
The Ducks finished with 92 points, behind victor San Francisco with 59 points and runner-up Stanford with 76 points. No. 3 OR finished in third, followed by No. 10 Boise State. She placed eighteenth overall in the race.
University of San Francisco's Charlotte Taylor (19 minutes, 14 seconds) edged Boise State's Allie Ostrander (19 minutes, 16 seconds) for the individual title.
The team race on Friday was shaping up to be a close one between Penn State, Villanova and Georgetown by the time the runners passed through the first mile marker. Seufer and Jaskowak came in ninth and 10, respectively, while Joseph finished 21.
Last race's top finisher Mahmoud Moussa was the fourth Husky across in 18th (29:53.5) and freshman Tibebu Proctor rounded out the Huskies five by finishing 26th (30:02.2) in one of his best showings of the year. Radford was 30th out of 32 teams.
Before Northeast Regionals on Friday, SU head coach Chris Fox believed the team had a legitimate shot to make the cut if some of the middle runners could run a little faster than usual. "Not what we had hoped but still a solid effort from a first-year".