Tricia Serres, a freshman for the Luther College cross country and track teams, placed 14th from the field of 55 competitors at the USA Junior Women's Cross Country Championships held Saturday, Feb. 2.
The USA Junior Women's Cross Country Championships are open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 20. The competitors are typically the best college freshman in the NCAA and some of America's top high school athletes.
The top-15 finishers are eligible for selection to represent Team USA at the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships that will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland Mar. 24. The USAT&F can send up to six runners to the race, with Serres hopes resting on nine competitors declining the invitation.
Serres covered the 6k course located in Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo., in a time of 21:57.3 for a race pace of 5:54. Emily Stites, a freshman from William & Mary who placed 26th at the 2012 NCAA National Cross Country Championships, won the individual title clocked at 20:27.3, finishing nearly 20 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
This past cross country season, Serres became the first freshman in Luther College women's cross country history to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III National Championships. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology hosted the national finale at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 17. Serres placed 20th from the field of 277 competitors, clocked at 21:33.3 on the 6K course.
Serres, a 2012 graduate of Platteville High School, is the daughter of Rob and Heidi Serres of Platteville, Wis.