TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's cross country team kicked off the 2017 season by finishing second in its division at the John McNichols Invitational Saturday morning.
The invitational honors the late John McNichols, the longest tenured head coach in Indiana State history, who won 38 total team titles and coached 15 NCAA Champions, 10 NCAA Runners-Up, 113 All-Americans and 464 MVC Champions among many other noteworthy accomplishments. He was also instrumental in the designing and development of both the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course (site of 12 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships) and the Gibson Track & Field Complex.
The Fightin' Engineers ran against some of the top NCAA Division I cross country teams in the country including Michigan, Louisville, Indiana State and Cincinnati.
Junior Kally Morozin had the top finish for Rose-Hulman, finishing seventh in the small school division with a time of 20:06.0. Senior Camille Blaisdell finished just behind Morozin with a time of 20:15.8 and in ninth overall. Sophomore Mary Petersen and senior Emma Ross finished back-to-back with respective times of 20:41.3 and 20:45.9. Sophomore Rachel Shubella recorded a time of 21:01.4 in the event.
Marian won the small school scoring team battle with 29 points, followed by Rose-Hulman with 56 points in the four-team field.
Rose-Hulman will race again on Friday September 15 at the Indiana Intercollegiates in West Lafayette, Indiana at 3:30 PM.