by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
ESCATADA, Ore. – For the second year in a row the best women's runner in the Northwest Conference is a Whitworth Pirate.
Marissa Mount took home the 2018 individual title with a time of 22:17.7, leading the Pirates to a second place team finish. Willamette edged Whitworth to reclaim the NWC crown after the Bucs held it for four straight years.
Three Pirate women earned All-NWC honors with their performances at the championship meet. Mount and Krystal Roberts, who finished fourth with a 23:16.6 time, were first team honorees. Ellie Shoop was a second team choice after finishing eighth with a 23:49.3 mark.
Isabelle Snyder just missed out on all-conference honors, which go to the top 14 finishers of each race. Snyder placed 17th with a 24:17.6 time. Emma Bates rounded out the scorers in 30th with a time of 24:59.4.
On the men's side, Whitworth improved on its finish from last year with a third place result as a team. The Pirates leapfrogged Willamette to take home a top-three result.
Joel Mott, Aidan Smith, and William Glick led the way for Whitworth, finishing within three seconds of one another in 13th, 14th, and 15th. Mott and Smith earned All-NWC second team honors for their finishes. Mott earned his all NWC honors with a 26:50.5 mark in the 8-kilometer race. Smith followed with a 26:51.8 time, and Glick finished in 26:53.0.
Whitworth continues its season Saturday, November 10 when it travels to the NCAA Division III West Regional in Walla Walla, Wash.