Junior Corinne Fitzgerald will look to join East Stroudsburg University’s list of five All-Americans in women’s cross country on Saturday at the NCAA Division II Championships at the Plante’s Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Washington.
Fitzgerald qualified by placing fifth in the NCAA Atlantic Regional on November 5, claiming the region’s final individual spot and earning her second trip to an NCAA Championship meet. She ran in the 3000m steeplechase at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Fitzgerald ran a time of 22:07 at the regional at Slippery Rock to finish two seconds ahead of Elicia Anderson of Millersville, who was a returning All-American and placed 14th in Division II last year. She was 23rd in the regional a year ago after running 40th as a freshman.
She will look to join teammate Rose Mascoli, who was 24th last year, and Vanessa Andes (2003-04), Tina Vosper (1998), Jan Blake (1996) and Laura Mason (1992) as All-Americans for the women’s cross country program.
The top 40 finishers in the field will earn All-America status from the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The PSAC had six All-Americans last year in national champion Neely Spence, Katie Spratford and Mary Dell of Shippensburg, Anderson of Millersville, Jennifer Harpp of Slippery Rock and Mascoli from ESU.
Fitzgerald will be joined in the field by PSAC squads from Shippensburg, Lock Haven and Bloomsburg along with Mansfield’s Brenae Edwards.