BANGOR, ME – The Women's Cross Country Team fought some injuries and less then ideal conditions on Saturday, and came up short in their first race of the season, finishing ninth in the overall team standings.
Though the last place finish was not what the team was hoping for, they still left with a lot of optimism for the upcoming season. Chenoa Jackson (FR, Wilton, ME) paced the Owls and placed 50th, with a solid 27:06 time. She paced herself well and actually caught two of her teammates as the race went on. Sophomore transfer Tabitha Taylor (Ticonderoga, NY) led the Owls team for the first 1.5 miles before giving way to Jackson. Taylor finished just under two minutes behind Jackson. Sara Bell (JR, Unity, ME) showed promise, as she continues to make the adjustment to running on trails. Shawna McDonough (SR, Alexander, ME) has shown a good deal of improvement from last season, and will continue to look to improve on her times from last year. Kristen Westrack (SR, Calais, ME) and Katrina McPherson (SR, Caribou, ME) battled injuries to finish and give the Owls a team score.
Head Coach Chris Smith seemed pleased with the progress of his team. "We had a good look at where we our training up to this point. We have a lot inexperienced women racing under much less than ideal conditions. The course was a difficult one in terms of soft conditions and terrain. Temps in mid 70s with humidity. We'll use today's results to factor into this week's training as we prep for UNE."
The Owls will visit the University of New England on Saturday, September 12th