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Bilo Finishes 23rd, Earns All-American Honors at NCAA Championships

Bilo Finishes 23rd, Earns All-American Honors at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Cal Poly sophomore Peyton Bilo earned All-America status at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning, finishing in 23rd place at LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, the meet hosted by Indiana State was contested through almost 20-mph winds on an overcast, 37-degree day in Wabash Valley.

Bilo, the recent Big West Conference champion and All-West Region runner, ran the 6k in 20 minutes, 14.4 seconds to place within the top 25.

Top-40 finishers among the field of 255 make the All-America Team.

Starting out from Box 39 alongside New Hampshire's Elinor Purrier and Rice teammates Katie Jensen and Abigail Cartwright, she averaged a mile pace of 5:25.6.

At the Division I meet, Bilo's finish becomes the eighth All-America accolade in Mustang cross country history.

It was the 17th season since 1995 that Cal Poly has been represented, as well as the second straight national championships appearance for Bilo (who came in 172nd place as a freshman in Louisville).

Oregon edged Michigan for the team trophy, 125-126. Missouri junior Karissa Schweizer outkicked Wolverine senior Erin Finn to claim the individual national title in an upset, 19:41.6 to 19:44.2.

Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd