Chaplin wins National Championship

Tara Chaplin finished first at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, winning the individual title. Chaplin is only the second runner in Arizona history to win an individual title at the NCAA Championships with Amy Skieresz being the only other winner back in 1996.

Caplin's victory helped propel the University of Arizona women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Greenville, S.C. on Monday.

Chaplin finished the 6,000-meter course in 20:24, edging Georgia Tech's Renee Metivier by seven seconds.

"It feels great. I have been running in this championship since my freshman year. I am so happy for our team, I was even more excited that our team finished fourth," said Chaplin on winning the race. Chaplin won the NCAA West Regional back on Nov. 10 and was named West Region Athlete of the Year by the region's coaches.

The Arizona men finished an inconsistent season with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Colorado won the team title with 90 points, edging Stanford by one point for the championship.


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