TERRE HAUTE, IN - Iona College women's cross country sophomore Kate Avery finished third overall at the 2013 NCAA Championship at the Lavern Gibson XC Course. She was the highest Gael finisher ever at the national championship and second women's harrier to be named a cross country All-American.
Avery completed the 6k course in 20:05.4. She finished behind Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino (20:00.3) and Boise State junior Emma Bates (20:03.9). D'Agostino was also the Northeast Regional champion. Avery was nearly four seconds ahead of the fourth place competitor, Stanford junior Aisling Cuffe.
Avery joins former Gael standout McKayla Plank as women's cross country All-Americans. Plank finished 21st at the 2006 NCAA Championship on the same course.