by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
OSHKOSH, Wis. – Marissa Mount earned All-America honors with a 38th place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championships Saturday morning, completing a trifecta of strong performances in Whitworth's final three cross country meets of the year.
Mount is the third straight Pirate to earn All-America honors, following consecutive strong performances from Kayla Leland. She is also the second straight Pirate to earn an NWC Championship and All-America honors. The senior also earned All-West Region honors with a second place finish in the regional last week.
Mount's 21:56.0 mark was her second best of the season in 6-kilometer races and eclipsed her mark from last season's national championships by nearly 30 seconds. She earned an All-America selection, which is given to the top-40 finishers at the national championships, by six seconds.
In 2017, Mount finished 129th with a time of 2:25.4. The Pirates finished in 11th as a team, the second-best result in school history.
In addition to her outstanding performance athletically, Mount brought home hardware as an Elite 90 award-winner. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Washington University was the national champion in 2018, boasting the individual champion and three top-ten finishers at the national championships. Paige Lawlor, the individual champion, finished the race in 20:55.0 seconds.
Mount's Pirate career continues with Track and Field in the Winter and Spring. The indoor track season opens January 12 at the University of Idaho's Vandal Indoor meet.