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Birru Brings Home National Championship


It was a fitting end to the career of the most decorated runner in the history of the Grand View women's cross country program. After finishing 18th, eighth, and third at the NAIA Women's Cross Championships in the three previous years, Grand View senior Obsie Birru (Johnston, Iowa) has become a National Champion.

Birru finished first in the field of 323 runners at the NAIA women's Cross Country Championship held today in Vancouver, Washington.  She led the race start to finish and completed the 5k in a school record 17:15. Birru finished nine seconds in front of runner-up Lauren Jimison of Azusa Pacific.

The Viking women competed at the NAIA Championships for the first time as a team and finished 25thin the 32-team field.  Also, representing the Vikings today was Kara Keller (153rd-19:49), Sadie Fisher (213th-20:13), Alicia Dean (232nd-20:22), Betsy Craig (254th-20:36), Allison McFayden (297th-21:34), and Maggie Pestotnik (307th-21:47).

NAIA Women's Cross Country Championship individual and team results.