Elise Stearns, Northern Arizona, dominated 2023 Virginia Invitational

Junior Elise Stearns won the women's 5k with 16:18.9 and her team Northern Arizona, dominated the team scores with 44pts at the 2023 Virginia Invitational College and Open cross country meet.

Steve Campbell

Elise Stearns (L) and Northern Arizona teammates in action - 2023 Virginia Invitational
Elise Stearns (L) and Northern Arizona teammates in action

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Sept. 23) — Elise Stearns captured the women’s 5000m title at the 2023 Virginia Invitational College and Open cross country meet, clocking in at 16:18.9. Her team, No. 2 Northern Arizona, also dominated the women’s team scores with 44 points. The event took place at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Elise Stearns leads the way for dominant Northern Arizona

Stearns led the Northern Arizona scorers, all of whom finished in the top 15. Senior Annika Reiss posted a time of 16:30.3 for seventh place, while Gracelyn Larkin, another senior, ran 16:33.2 for eighth.

Keira Moore and Maggi Congdon rounded out the team’s scoring, finishing 13th and 15th with times of 16:40.5 and 16:43.1, respectively.

Georgetown’s Chloe Scrimgeour finished second behind Stearns with a time of 16:19.7. She was followed by Virginia’s Margot Appleton at 16:21.5, Columbia’s Phoebe Anderson at 16:23.8, and Stanford’s Amy Bunnage, who completed the top five at 16:26.4.

Click here for more news: 2023 Virginia Invitational men’s results, team scores: Drew Bosley and Northern Arizona triumph

In the women’s team standings, No. 9 Stanford took second place with 91 points, while host team No. 11 Virginia secured third with 110 points. No. 12 Georgetown and No. 26 Iowa State completed the top five with 185 and 206 points, respectively.

The No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes, who were competing without several of their top athletes, including sophomore transfer Natalie Cooke, found themselves ninth in the team scoring table, finishing with 253 points.

2023 Virginia Invitational College and Open cross country results and points standings

Women’s 5K Run CC Individual Results Table

1Elise StearnsNorthern Arizona16:18.92:35.3
2Chloe ScrimgeourGeorgetown16:19.72:36.0+0.8
3Margot AppletonVirginia16:21.52:38.1+2.7
4Phoebe AndersonColumbia16:23.82:39.2+4.9
5Emily CovertColorado16:25.92:41.8+7.0
6Amy BunnageStanford16:26.42:42.4+7.5
7Amina MaatougDuke16:27.52:44.0+8.6
8Annika ReissNorthern Arizona16:30.32:40.0+11.4
9Gracelyn LarkinNorthern Arizona16:33.22:43.0+14.3
10Kimberley MayProvidence16:34.82:44.4+15.9
11Addie EngelOhio State16:35.62:51.4+16.7
12Katie OsikaMichigan State16:38.32:40.5+19.4
13Melissa RigginsGeorgetown16:39.32:44.9+20.5
14Keira MooreNorthern Arizona16:40.52:41.7+21.6
15Sophie O’SullivanWashington16:40.72:39.9+21.8
16Maggi CongdonNorthern Arizona16:43.12:41.7+24.2
17Emily BoutinNavy16:43.42:42.4+24.5
18Chloe FoersterWashington16:44.52:39.4+25.6
19Anna WorkmanVirginia16:45.02:45.7+26.2
20Lucy JenksStanford16:46.62:45.6+27.7
21Karrie BalogaColorado16:47.12:50.0+28.2
22Riley StewartStanford16:47.72:46.1+28.8

Click here for full results of the women’s 8000m race

Men’s Team Scores

1Northern Arizona48918914(40)(76)
6Iowa State2312531475771(87)(89)
7Michigan State2431812374670(78)(81)
11North Carolina2881726286264(108)(113)
15Ohio State36926112980123(126)(143)
17Air Force4463575838493(111)(119)
18Utah State47616639197109(116)(118)
22Eastern Kentucky59667388135149(151)(155)
23James Madison637105110117152153(156)(158)

About The Author

Steve Campbell

Covers meetings in the United States, including the USA Championships, meetings in Florida and Miami, as well as promoting on social media @worldtrack. Campbell discovered his writing ability at South Broward HS in Hollywood, FL, before graduating from Florida International University and continued to sharpen his skills.

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