Women's Cross Country Finishes Strong

Women's Cross Country Finishes Strong

FARMINGTON, ME – In their second appearance in the North Atlantic Conference Championships the Owls improved from their Maine State Championship performance at Bowdoin College on October 14, finishing tenth overall. 

Their one point deficit to Thomas College at states was overcome as they finish 10 points ahead of their rivals from Waterville.  Even though the top four Owls performances were predictable, it was the personal best time posted by Jennie Sanborn (JR, Sangerville, ME) on a significantly tougher course that earned the Owls the 10th position over Thomas.  Sanborn's time of 34:20 placed her 93rd overall.

Colby Sawyer repeated as NAC champs with the low score of 43 points.  The individual race winner was New England College's Abby Shafer (SR, Egg Harbor Township, NJ), in at 19:19.  Having raced the same course in the September 1st opener helped most of the Owls harriers navigate, while Sanborn ran it for the first time. The Owls' score of 263 points was only 33 points behind 9th place Johnson State College.

Emmy Churchill (SO, Washburn, ME) was the team leader again as she finished in 36th spot out of the 95 runners, in at 24:29.   She was followed by Chenoa Jackson (JR, Wilton, ME) (51st, season's best 25:41), Kendra Silvers (FR, North Berwick, ME) (58th, 26:14), Elise Gidde (JR, Caribou, ME) (85th, 30:19), Sanborn, and Sarina Raposo (FR, Providence, RI) (94th, 38:03).

The Owls' team bid to attend the USCAA National Championships in Virginia Beach, VA fell short due to not posting strong enough team finishes late in the season.  Emmy Churchill has met the internal, University set standard, and will be making the trip for the November 10th race to be held at Virginia Beach Sportsplex on the Princess Anne Athletic Complex course.