When the Red Devil women's cross country began the season ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Mideast Regional and No. 13 in the opening national poll, it was clear some good things would happen this season. And the team, and Coach Don Nichter, didn’t disappoint.
The Devils reached as high as No. 4 nationally during the season and finished ninth at the national championships. Nichter also was named the Centennial Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. It was the first time Nichter won Centennial Coach of the Year honor for the women, after being named men's Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Across his 34-year career, Nichter has been named the Regional Coach of the Year seven times.
On a team filled with great runners, Isabel Cardi ’21 stood out in 2019, closing the season by running to All-America honors with a bronze third-place finish at the NCAA Women's Cross Country National Championships. This comes just weeks after Cardi was named 2019 Centennial Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year and won individual titles at the Little Three, Centennial Conference and Mideast Regional meets
She earned conference and regional Athlete of the Year honors as well as U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Mideast Region Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Cardi became the 10th Red Devil to earn Runner of the Year honors and was named the Centennial Conference Runner of the Week four times this season.
Dickinson women's cross country team reached the NCAA championships by taking second at the 2019 NCAA Mideast Regionals, where Cardi dominated the field of 360 runners and took the individual championship with a time of 20:38. She finished almost a minute ahead of the pack and was one of four Red Devils to run to All-Region honors.
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Published December 2, 2019