Red Devil Rewind | Women's XC Thrives on Halloween Weekend

Photo by Pierce Bounds
Photo by Pierce Bounds

As Halloween weekend approaches, which often coincided with championship weekend for cross country, today's Red Devil Rewind looks at the remarkable run of Centennial Conference Championships by the Dickinson women's program. The Red Devils captured eight consecutive titles and won 10 championships in a span of 11 years.

Head Coach Don Nichter and the Red Devils posted back-to-back conference titles in 1997 and 1998 and ran off a string of eight straight from 2000 to 2007. McDaniel broke up the streak with a strong performance in 1999, but the Red Devils avenged that setback with an NCAA Mideast Regional Championship that season. They would go on to win back-to-back regional titles in 2002 and 2003 and put together a three-peat in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Red Devils have finished second in the region 10 times since 2008 and have had six individual champions since 2002, producing five Mideast Region Athletes of the Year. Callie Bradley '04 crossed the line first in 2002 and 2003, followed by Emily Hulme '06 and Cait Bradley '08 running to titles in 2005 and 2006. Taylor Ludman '12 was on the top of the podium in 2011 and most recently, Isabel Cardi '21 won the race in 2019.

At the conference championships, the Red Devils also enjoyed great individual success. Kelly Reynolds '98 gave Dickinson its first win in 98 while Callie Bradley, Hulme and Cait Bradley each won back-to-back races from 2002-2007. Ludman and Cardi also won added conference titles to their regional victories in 2011 and 2019.

The Red Devils have also made numerous appearances at the NCAA National Championships, qualifying as a team in each of the past 20 years. They have finished in the top 10 five times, placing sixth in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Cait Bradley posted the top individual performance, taking second in 2006 while Cardi led the team to a ninth place showing in 2019, crossing the line third.

Bradley earned All-America honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007 to account for three of the women's program's 10 All-America performances. She also had an outstanding career in track & field, winning the national championship in the steeplechase. Alex Forte` '03 was an All-American in 2000 while Callie Bradley claimed the honor in 2002 and 2003. Hulme joined Bradley in 2003 and made the cut again the following season. Sara Patterson '14 and Cardi earned the recognition in 2013 and 2019.

The NCAA recently announced that Dickinson will be the host of the 2023 Division III Cross Country National Championships.