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Tigers Ranked 19th in Division III Preseason Cross Country Poll

August 27, 2009

reich_lauren_2009wtrack.jpgAugust 27, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. —  Coming off a 26th place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships, the DePauw women's cross country team is ranked 19th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Preseason Division III rankings.

The Tigers picked up 126 points in the poll, which is topped by Calvin and 2008 team champion Middlebury with 275 points each.

Senior Lauren Reich (pictured), who earned all-America honors last year, is among the four returning runners who competed at last year's national championships. Seniors Ellen Mail and Melissa Buckley as well as sophomore Claire Hollis also return.

The Tigers open the 2009 season on Saturday, September 5, when they compete in the Wabash Hokum Karem meet in Crawfordsville.

DePauw co-hosts the Gibson Family Invitational with Rose-Hulman on October 10 and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on November 14. Both meets are at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Center which is just east of Terre Haute.