LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Lianne Farber placed 40th at the 2012 NCAA National Championships on Saturday to earn her first All-America honors in cross country. Farber, a redshirt sophomore from Northport, N.Y., ran the 6K in 20:18.0.
"It feels really good, I feel like everything has finally come together," Farber said after the race. "The race went really fast, probably the fastest I've ever started out in a cross country race."
Farber clocked in at 22nd through the first mile but slowed her pace through the middle splits of the race landing her within two seconds of All-America status coming down the final stretch.
"We were counting places the whole way and the last point we saw her was maybe 400 meters from the finish where we counted her at 53rd," said Coach Mark VanAlstyne, "We knew it was within reach of her kick -- she has a tremendous kick coming to the close of races -- so we started yelling 'It's right there, you've got to go!' She kicked and ended up passing the last person right before the line. Two-tenths of a second was the difference between All-America and not and Lianne got it."
Farber is the 11th female All-America for Carolina cross country in the last decade, including two-time national champion Shalane Flanagan (2002, 2003) and most recent two-time All-America Kendra Schaaf (2010, 2011).
"It's a happy ending and we're thrilled for Lianne," added Coach VanAlstyne. "She's worked incredibly hard and for her, we're ecstatic."
Despite some early deliberations as to which team was declared the women's team national champions, Oregon ultimately comes home with the title, followed by Providence in second and Stanford in third. Florida State topped off the women's ACC competitors with a fourth-place finish.
The women's individual champion was Betsy Saina of Iowa State, who ran the meet in 19:27.9.