Galvan Places 129th at NCAAs

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Making her second career appearance on the national stage, senior Laura Galvan placed 129th today at the Division I Women's Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. Her final of time of 21:25.2 was a season-best at the La Vern Gibson Cross Country course - she previously ran the course in October at the Pre-National Invitational, finishing 51st in a time of 21:34.4.

Head coach Ryun Godfrey said Galvan hoped for a better finish, but is proud of her accomplishments this season. 

"She may not be happy about today," Godfrey said. "But I can tell you that the effort today was there, there is no question about that. She is the type of person that never gives up and doesn't get down on herself about those types of things."

Capping off a successful cross country career, Galvan's resume is decorated with 11 top-10 finishes, three top-five finishes, and two career wins, at the Woody Greeno Invitational during the 2012 season and the JK Gold Classic Duals in 2013. This season she raced her way to two top-five finishes, captured her third Big 12 Runner of the Week award, took 11th at the Big 12 championship, and went on to secure her second at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

University of Iona's Kate Avery went on to win the women's individual title in a time of 19:31.6. Michigan State won the team event, while Iowa State finished second.

"This is the toughest meet for the distance runners," Godfrey said. "It's a big country and there are a lot of good runners throughout the country, you have to keep that in perspective."

Galvan, who currently holds the 6K record with a time of 20:19.5, saw her best performance at the NCAA Championships during the 2012 season when she finished 45th. She will, once again, compete for the Wildcats during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.