NAC Women's Cross Country Weekly Honors

Husson's Alecia Palmer RUNNER OF THE WEEK

Alecia Palmer, Husson University
(Jr., - Presque Isle, Maine)

 Palmer ran a personal best 19:19 to place 19th individually in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational 5K this weekend. She was the second finisher for Husson and helped lead the team to a 10th place finish in the 29 team field.





New England College's Abby Shafer ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Abby Shafer, New England College
(Fr., - Egg Harbor Township, N.J.)

Shafer shattered the NEC women's 5K record this week clocking in with a time of 19:01 good enough for 31st place at the University of Southern Maine Invitational on Saturday. 






Castleton's Mariah Eilers took 49th overall in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational with a time of 20:15, while freshman Margaret Kuchinski continued her promising first season on the team, crossing 99th overall and finishing as the second-fastest Spartan. Senior Mckynze Works finished as the third Castleton runner, crossing in 110th with a time of 21:30. Freshman Kelsey Thompson took 123rd place with a 21:59 time. Shelly Audette rounded out the Spartan top five with a time of 22:42. Castleton will host the Vermont State Championships on Saturday, Sept. 28, their second home event of the season. 

Colby-Sawyer was led by the reigning NAC Rookie of the Week, Kylee Parker, who set a new 5k record in a time of 19:41.91 at Saturday's Southern Maine Invitational. The Chargers finished 13th out of 19 institutions, which included many of the top teams from New England. Colby-Sawyer was second of out five NAC teams. Parker led the team with a 61st place finish. 

UMaine-Farmington finished eighth out of 18 teams at Saturday's Gordon College Pop Crowell Invitational. Katie Flanders paced all UMF finishers with a time of 21:21, good enough for 16th overall in the field. Emma Pidden was 42nd overall with a time of 22:42. UMaine-Farmington competes at the Bowdoin College Invitational this Saturday, Sept. 28, in Brunswick, Maine.

Green Mountain was led by fourth and sixth place finishes as it grabbed a season-best third place overall finish at the Johnson State College Invitational on Saturday morning. Kathleen Chappelear led all Eagle runners as the top finisher in a time of 23:20. GMC will next race this coming Saturday at the Vermont State Meet which will be held at Castleton at 11 am.

Husson saw a huge team effort put forth as they took 10th of 29 teams in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational. Many runners set new records, including an 18:56 5K from Chrissy Larrabee and a 19:19 5K from Alecia Palmer.

Johnson State finished in fourth place in its own Johnson State College Invitational with a total score of 62. The Badgers were led by two top 10 finishers in Jill Porter (22:53), who finished in third place and Sierra Williams, who finished seventh with a time of 24:44. The Badgers will return to action in the Runnin' Monks Invitational hosted by St. Joseph's (Me.) on October 12th. 

Lyndon had solid effort as they compete in their second race on the young season at the University of Southern Maine Invitational Saturday. Becca Stamp paced the team with a 20:57 time over the five-kilometer course for 136th place overall in a field of 243 total runners. Stamp was followed by Ainsley Nettell in 23:09 and Melissa Church in 24:12. Lyndon returns to the trails Saturday when it takes part in the annual Vermont State Championships. The event will be held at Castleton State College and begin at 11 a.m.

Maine Maritime placed 18th at the Southern Maine Invitational Saturday. 

New England College finished 11th overall at the University of Southern Maine Invitational Saturday in Gorham. Leading the way for the Pilgrims was Abby Shafer who shattered the New England College 5K record clocking in at 19:01 good enough for 31st place. Erica Notini finished 88th overall with a time of 20:12.

Thomas placed 19th in the USM Invitational on Saturday. Crystal Peatfield once again led Thomas running a 21:35. Thomas will be idle this week, but will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Colby Invitational.