Holt, a junior from Boise, Idaho, and Gilbertson, a senior from Saugus, Calif., claimed individual national championships Saturday. Team titles were claimed by the University of British Columbia women and the men of St. Francis (Illinois).
There were 309 men and 320 women competing.
Saturday marked the end of a four-year run at Fort Vancouver for the event, which moves to Lawrence, Kan., for the next two years.
Holt, who placed 18th at nationals as a sophomore, had a good feeling before the starter’s gun fired.
“I was super nervous when I woke up this morning, but then I just started running, and everything fell into place,” she said. “I was just like, ‘This is my day.’ It just felt so good. It was just a great day, and I’m so happy. I couldn’t ask for any more.”
She was ahead by about a quarter of the way into the women’s 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race, and had it for good at about the midpoint. Sharon Ronoh of Lindsey Wilson College had the early lead on the long flat straightaway at the start.