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DDN: Halsey becomes first Raider runner in 21 years to win league title


Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State’s Abigail Halsey had to decide after cross country ended last spring whether to repeat her senior season — the NCAA granted all 2020-21 athletes an extra year of eligibility — or start working on the next chapter of her life.

Actually, her mind was made up almost before her final race was over.

“I knew I needed to stay because I wanted to accomplish more things and finish it out,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to leave Wright State feeling like I did everything I wanted to. And I didn’t want to leave the team just yet — because I love them all.”

Halsey took care of any unfinished business with a victory in the Horizon League championships Saturday in Carmel, Ind.

The Tippecanoe High School grad took an early lead and was never really threatened, posting a time of 22 minutes,10.6 seconds on the muddy, 6K course. Milwaukee’s Mikayla Fox was second in 22:22.9.

It’s just the second individual title in Wright State history for men or women. Jessica Kuhr won in 2000.