Women's Cross Country Shows Great Depth; Places 9th Overall at New England Championships
WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Quinnipiac women's cross country team was one of only four other schools competing at Sunday's New England Championships to place all seven runners in the top-100 and their great depth helped lead to a 9th place (264 points) showing (out of 37 teams). Senior Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) led the Bobcat contingent with her 40th place finish and junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) was right behind her in 42nd place in a field 251 runners deep. The Boston College women took home first place for the second consecutive year with 45 points.
USTFCCCA Northeast Regional No. 15-ranked Quinnipiac bested several regional powerhouses for the second consecutive week in Brown, New Hampshire, each ranked No. 9 and 10 respectively in the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Poll but fell short of fellow Northeast Conference competitor Sacred Heart who came away with a 4th place result with 175 points. The Bobcats also proved they can run seven-deep as they were one of only three other teams (Vermont, Dartmouth, and MIT) to have all seven competitors finish in the top-100.
"The women did a great job packing up I just want them to do so a little further up," said Quinnipiac women's cross country head coach Carolyn Martin. "There are some teams who finished ahead of us that shouldn't have but overall we just need to keep getting better for the championship coming up."
Roche gave her best performance of the season on Sunday with her best time in a 5k meet (18:13.20) since the 2010 NEC Championship where she crossed the line in 18:06 for the Bobcats. She led a pack of Quinnpiac runners that all finished within 40 seconds of one another.
Soja completed the event a little more than five seconds behind Roche with a time of 18:18.73. With every race this season, the junior continues to build upon her breakout campaign with a personal best 5k time and another event where she placed second for Quinnipiac (fourth time this season in four races).
Junior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) ran the New England Championship in 18:28.39, good for 57th place in the overall standings. Junior Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.) and reigning NEC Rookie of the Week Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) placed 62nd and 63rd respectively with times of 18:33.28 and 18:33.58. Freshman Ashley Carle (Jackson, N.J.) and junior Kelly Malloy (Sewell, N.J.) rounded out the Quinnipiac group in 86th and 95th place.
The Bobcats also had several runners race in the sub-varsity event highlighted by freshman Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) who finished in 6th place overall with her best time of the season, 18:31.43. Three more Bobcats in freshmen Rebecca Morse (West Newbury, Mass.) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) as well as junior Christina Faust (Macungie, Pa.) placed higher than the next closest NEC competitor. Quinnipiac took 6th place with 137 points in the sub-varsity 5k race.
The Bobcats will have one more tune up before the 2012 NEC Championship with the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
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