Dixie State's Young 28th at NCAA II Women's XC Championship, claims All-American honors

Rachel Young Courtesy Dixie State Sports Information

JOPLIN, Mo. - In a day that was filled with many firsts, Dixie State women's cross country runner Rachel Young finished 28th on Saturday morning, Nov. 17, at the NCAA II Women's Cross Country Championship in Joplin, Mo.

Young, the first Dixie State runner to compete in the National Championship race, also was the first Red Storm runner to be named to the All-America team.

The Top 40 runners at the NCAA II Nationals earn All-American accolades.

"Rachel's goal was to place in the Top 40 to be named an All-American," Head Coach Justin Decker said. "We knew it would be tough, but (it) was definitely a reachable goal for her. 

Young crossed the finish line with a time of 21:10.2, breaking her own school record for a 6K race by more than 44 seconds. She previously set that mark at the NCAA II West Regional in 2011.

Young finished strong. Halfway through the race she was sitting 48th but managed to improve her position by more than 20 spots to secure the All-American honors.

"It's been an amazing experience for us to be here at the National Championship," Decker said. "But it's kind of bittersweet knowing that this was her last race in a Dixie State uniform after all that she has done and meant to our program."