RUNNER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kaylyn Crompton, Castleton
(Fr. - Barre, Vt.)
Crompton finished 11th overall out of 275 runners at the UMass.-Dartmouth 5K Invitational. The rookie ran a career-best time of 18:33 to finish just two seconds off of the top-10 pace. Crompton outpaced the next NAC runner by nearly 40 seconds en route to her impressive finish.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton finished 22nd out of 37 teams in today's UMASS-Dartmouth 5K Invitational. Kaylyn Crompton nearly broke the top ten out of 275 participating runners. The freshman's time of 18:33 gave her an 11th-place finish, just two seconds behind tenth place. Elizabeth Bassette was the next runner to cross the finish line for Castleton after placing in 75th-place overall with a time of 19:54 and Molly O'Callaghan closely followed as the third Spartan to finish with an overall time of 20:22.
Colby-Sawyer senior Emily Lopez set a new 5k program record at Saturday's UMass Dartmouth Invitational. Lopez, who set the previous school record of 19:19.72 at UMass Dartmouth last year, improved her time to 19:11.07 and placed 27th out of 275 runners. The Chargers finished 10th as a team out of 37 competing institutions. Colby-Sawyer finished behind institutions such as Division I Holy Cross and Division II Stonehill, while placing ahead of NAC teams Castleton and Maine Maritime. The Chargers are off until next weekend.
UMaine-Farmington placed second overall at the Johnson State Invitational on Saturday. Laura Pulito was only six seconds out of the top ten with an 11th place finish at 22:07.2. Hannah Emery followed in 15th place at 22:50.3 and Alisah Labbe came in 19th at 23:38.1. UMF finished the event with 73 points behind Clarkson, who had seven runners finish in the top ten.
Green Mountain continued its schedule at the Johnson State Invitational on Saturday morning. Six runners competed in the hilly 5K course and finished seventh overall behind top finishers Clarkson, UMaine-Farmington and Southern Vermont. Leading the charge for the Eagles was Grace Powers who made her 2016 debut. The sophomore placed 18th overall in a time of 24:34 a full two-minute improvement from her performance at the same invitational a year ago. Green Mountain will race again next Saturday at the Purple Valley Classic with a start time of 1:00 p.m.
Husson did not race this past week and will travel to Brunswick, Maine, for the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday, September 24.
Johnson State hosted the Johnson State Invitational on Saturday and finished fourth, the team's highest finish in the event in five years. Brynn Cairns was first to cross the finish line for the Badgers coming in 18th with a time of 23:11.2. The Badgers will travel to Saint Michael's College on September 30 for the Vermont State Meet.
Lyndon raced at the Bowdoin Invitational Saturday, finishing fifth out of five teams. The Hornets were led by senior Sierra Hargrave who covered the 5K course in 21:49 for 46th place overall out of 83 total runners. The Hornets race again Friday, September 30, at the Vermont State Championship.
Maine Maritime senior captain Jessica Faltings led Maine Maritime to a 34th place finish, out of 37 teams, at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Mariners return to action next Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational II.
New England College duo of Allison Granata and Erica Notini led the Pilgrims at the Johnson State Invitational Saturday. Granata finished third overall with a time of 21:09, while Notini finished just eight seconds behind her teammate grabbing a fourth place finish with a time of 21:17.
UMaine-Presque Isle travelled to Johnson State to participate in the Badgers Invitational. For the second week in a row the team ran a limited roster, with three participants finishing the race, including Brianna Lesperance who paced the Owls crossing the line in 49 overall with a time of 27:18. Sophomore Chenoa Jackson would finish close behind with a time of 27:53 and Elise Gudde would round out the effort for the Owls, with a time of 30:56. The Owls will compete next week at the Bowdoin College Invitational on Saturday, September 24.
Thomas finished eighth in the Johnson State Invitational on Saturday morning. Christiane Wadsworth was the highest finisher for the Terriers, posting a 45th place finish with a time of 26:54, while Alyssa Maggi finished behind her in 54th (27:53). Evelyn Swan finished 60th at 28:58, while Emily McDevitt finished 74th (34:29), and Tina Oms in 76th (35:14). The Terriers will sit idle for two weeks to prepare for their next event at the Colby Invitational on Saturday, October 1.