Brunswick, ME - The U-Maine at Presque Isle women saw a field of runners, in both size and quality, not seen since the turn of the century when the University was a member of the NAIA. 57 teams and over 400 runners toed the line for the NCAA D3 Northeast Regional Championships on Saturday at Bowdoin College. The harriers from PI were looking to improve on both individual performances as well as their team standing against fellow NAC teams. They came through on both counts as all seven runners entered in the race ran personal bests over the six kilometer course.
In first for the Owls was again Valentine Degiovanni (Fr. Nice, France). She was 230th of the 399 finishers with a time of 25:43. Following Degoivanni was Irina Norkin (Fr. Denmark, ME) in at 26:11 (253rd). Scoring was finished up by Emmy Churchill (Jr. Washburn, ME) (291st, 26:55), Kendra Silvers (So. North Berwick, ME) (312th, 27:30), and Chenoa Jackson, the lone senior, of Wilton, ME (358th, 29:32). The sixth and seventh runners in were Rebecca Griffin of Hodgdon, ME (386th, 34:57) and Jenny Sanborn of Sangerville, ME (398th, 42:40).
The race started at a furious pace and was won for the second consecutive year by Coast Guard sophomore Kaitlyn Moody with a time of 20:43, which translates to a 17:06 5K. The top five team finishers were MIT, Middlebury, Williams, Brandeis, and Tufts. The Owls finished 49th overall in the highly competitive 57 team field with the only NAC team ahead of them being U-Maine at Farmington. The Owls moved up relative to NAC competition due to the personal bests run by all athletes, in particular by Silvers who was 1:31 better than her time on the same course in late September. "Kendra ran a superb race full of heart and grit", said Coach Chris Smith. "She showed the determination that makes for quality performances when it counts. Her efforts along with PRs set by all seven of these women is indeed impressive. We're very proud of this performance."