Senior Charity Miles finished an impressive collegiate cross country career at the NAIA National Championship meet in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 20. Miles placed 79th in the race with a five-kilometer time of 19:11. She was the fifth runner from the Great Plains Athletic Conference to cross the finish line. Michelle Steiger from Dordt earned All-American honors with a 21st place finish. Kara Nelson and Jessica Hudelson from Morningside and Ashley Unruh from USF finished in the top 50.
Justyna Mudy from Shorter University won her second consecutive national championship with a time of 17:42. The team championship went to California State-San Marcos, who finished 39 points ahead of second place with a team total of 88 points.
Miles ran at nationals every year as a Red Raider, with finishes of 55th, 31st and an All-American fifth place as a freshman. She closes out her career holding the second-fastest 5K time in NW history with 17:49.