FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - Junior Alexandra Lucki turned in the best-ever individual finish for the Terps at the Big Ten Championships Sunday morning, taking 31st in the field to highlight Maryland’s runners on the day. UMD took 12th overall in the field, with its top-five runners all placing inside the top-100.
Lucki maintained a steady pace throughout the race hosted at the Les Bolstad Golf Course outside of Minneapolis, staying towards top pack out of the gate. The Ontario, Canada native jumped six spots in the final 1000 meters to finish in 22:19.9, improving upon her 56th place finish from 2015.
Freshman Kathryn Gearhart was the No. 2 runner for the Terps, crossing the line in 22:51.5 to secure 67th overall. Seniors Sydney Almeida (23:11.0) and Alexa Squirini (23:18.8) were within seconds of each other, taking 80th and 85th (respectively). Sophomore Kiernan Keller was the final scoring runner for Maryland, as she moved up nine spots in the final 1000 meters to finish 91st overall in 23:33.6
The Terps were just a point behind Iowa (318) for 11th, finishing with a team score of 319. Michigan won the women’s team title with 63 points, led by senior Erin Finn’s individual Big Ten Championship time of 20:37.3. Penn State (70) and Michigan State (80) rounded out the top-three.
The Terps will next head to State College, Pa. for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on November 11. UMD turned in a 13th place finish last year at the race.