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Northwest Bearcats

Lindsey Borgstadt

Northwest Missouri State is honored to have two All-Americans in its 29-year history of women's cross country. Thankfully, both competed on campus at the same time. Three years ago, the "M" Club Hall of Fame welcomed Kathy Kearns Behounek. Tonight it reunites cross country's top tandem as it enshrines Lindsey Borgstadt.

The "Triple Crown", as it is defined in collegiate sports, is winning cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field championships in the same academic year. Only five MIAA programs have ever captured the "Triple Crown". Borgstadt's talents helped Northwest achieve the feat twice and in back-to-back seasons.

Borgstadt ran cross country and track and field at Northwest from 1995 through 1999. She did so with an unmatchable work ethic, an unforgettable smile and with her parents and grandparents by her side every step of the way.

Cliff and Lora watched their daughter, Lindsey, lead the Bearcats to three consecutive cross country championships from 1995 to 1997. They saw Northwest hoist indoor and outdoor trophies in both 1997 and 1998. They probably helped Lindsey wipe away a layer of mud after she earned All-America honors at the 1997 national cross country championships in Wisconsin. The weather was terrible that day, but the results were historic. Borgstadt placed in the top 20 individually as Northwest placed fifth nationally, an improvement of five spots from the year before.

Borgstadt's marks continue to stand more than a decade since her graduation. She continues to hold Northwest's freshman 5K record with a time of 18 minutes, 38 seconds. She ranks in the top 10 all-time in both cross country races, in three indoor events and in three outdoor events.