'Dogs Headed to Wash. for NCAA DII Meet

By KBJR News 1

November 21, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) women's cross country team left for Spokane, Wash. on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's NCAA Division II Championships.

With a total of 32 teams, the Bulldogs are hoping for their best finish after winning their first ever NCAA II Central Region title two weeks ago as well as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) crown.

UMD is led by NSIC Newcomer of the Year, Samantha Rivard who finished in fourth out of 203 at regionals. Sophomore Hannah Olson was next in seventh place while freshman Breanna Colbenson took 11th, junior Allie Rudin in 24th, and sophomore Hanna Jocelyn 26th.

Rudin, the team's lone captain, attributed this year's success to the collective sum of the team's individual parts.

"What's really nice about our team is that we have a lot of really strong runners. If someone has a bad day, we have six other girls to make up for it. I think that's we pride ourselves on, we have a really deep team, a team with talent."