Pittsburg State’s women’s cross-country team finished in 13th place at the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships in December, compiling 449 points in the national meet.

Senior Jordan Puvogel captured the MIAA individual title, winning the race in 21 minutes, 51.3 seconds.

Senior Jordan Puvogel captured the MIAA individual title, winning the race in 21 minutes, 51.3 seconds.

Senior Katren Rienbolt led Pittsburg State by finishing in 68th scored position in the six-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 17.40 seconds. Junior Piper Misse placed 75th in 24:20.8.

Grand Valley State claimed the national championship with a low score of 41 points, while the University of Mary (N.D.) claimed the national runner-up with 83 points.

The Gorillas, who placed 18th at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships at Evansville, Ind., secured their best nationals finish since the 2010 team placed 12th overall.

The Pittsburg State women captured their second consecutive MIAA title on Nov. 3 at Emporia, Kan. The Gorillas posted a low score of 26 points in claiming the program’s 10th overall MIAA Championship.

Senior Jordan Puvogel captured the MIAA individual title, winning the race in 21 minutes, 51.3 seconds. Sophomore Cassidy Westhoff (21:57.8) and Rienbolt (22:03.7) finished second and third, respectively, while Misse placed sixth (22:09.6). All four runners garnered All-MIAA honors by placing in the top 10 individuals.

PSU’s fifth runner, senior Ashton Henson, placed 14th in 22:53.4 to garner honorable mention All-MIAA recognition.

Head coach Russ Jewett was named the MIAA Coach of the Year following the squad’s conference championship performance. It marks the 41st time in his decorated tenure that Jewett, who serves as head coach for both men’s and women’s cross country as well as men’s and women’s track & field, has received the MIAA coaching honors among the sports.