Viellehner Earns Cross Country All-American Honors
Becomes First Ever Coastal Cross Country Runner and First Female in the Big South to be Named All-American
TERRE HAUTE, IND.- Coastal Carolinas Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) became the first ever cross country runner from CCU and the first female in the Big South to be named to the NCAA All-American Team.
The wind and the mud couldn't slow Viellehner down as she crossed the finish line in 11th place with a time of 21:06, which was also the top freshman finish in the meet. The 6K race fielded 255 runners with the top 30 runners earning All-American honors. Viellehner finished strong despite having a fellow runner step on her foot causing her shoe to come off within the first 1,000 meters. She then ran the remaining 5,000 meters with one cleat and one sock.
"I'm really excited about this race," Vilellehner commented. "It was really muddy and difficult without one shoe and I knew everyone would notice but I just pretended that it was on and kept running. The course was really muddy and it slowed a lot of people down but I didn't want that to be a factor. I just ran as best as I could."
"We're really proud of Julia," Head Coach Alan Connie mentioned. "This is our first cross country runner for Coastal to earn All-American status and the first female in the Big South and I'm very proud of her. It says a lot about our program and was a great way for Julia to end the season."