NAC Women's Cross Country Weekly Honors (Week Ending October 1)
RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Abby Shafer, New England College
(Sr. - Egg Harbor Township, N.J.)
Shafer was edged out of the top slot for the first time this season, as she was just two-seconds behind the winner of the Keene State Invitational for a second-place finish on Saturday. Shafer clocked in with a time of 17:40, averaging a pace of 5:41. She was 16 seconds faster than the third-place finisher from Colby College.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kathleen LeBlanc, UMaine-Farmington
(So. - Saco, Maine)
LeBlanc took ninth overall at the Bowdoin Invitational out of 89 runners. The rookie crossed the line in 23:49 in the 6K race, helping the Beavers take fifth overall.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton competed in the five-kilometer Vermont State Meet at Middlebury on Saturday, which featured eight teams and 67 runners. The Spartans placed third as a team behind a fourth-place finish from Kaylyn Crompton and two top-20 finishers. Crompton earned a time of 19:30.0, over two seconds ahead of the fifth-place finisher. Miranda Messeck crossed the line in 17th place with a time of 21:42.9, just ahead of teammate Lydia Maier in 18th place with a time of 21:44.4. The Spartans will have a week off before competing at the Western New England Invitational on Saturday, October 14, which marks their final meet before the NAC Championships.
Colby-Sawyer did not race last week. The team will return to the course this weekend with a meet at Westfield State.
UMaine-Farmington took fifth at the Bowdoin Invitational this weekend our of seven teams.
Green Mountain posted personal best times all over the board as the team captured an eighth place finish at the Vermont State College Championships 5K course on Saturday. Freshman Indira Palmer shaved over a minute and a half off her previous best time to lead all Eagle runners. Palmer crossed the finish line in a time of 25:00 even to place 43rd overall in the field of 67. GMC will use this next weekend as a rest weekend before hosting the Green Mountain College Invitational on October 14.
Husson saw Lindsey Joliat set the pace for the Eagles yet again, helping Husson finish sixth overall out of the eight teams that competed at the Bowdoin Invitational. Joliat walked away with a time of 25:40 for 28th.
Johnson competed at the Vermont State Meet at Middlebury College on Saturday and placed seventh. The Badgers travel to St. Joseph's College to compete in the Runnin' Monks Invitational this Saturday.
Lyndon finished in fifth place at the Vermont State Championship meet. Senior Sierra Hargrave finished 15th, earned All-State honors, and set a personal record in the process. Ashley Darrell and Isabelle Tuggle also set personal records at the meet.
Maine Maritime placed seventh out of eight teams at Saturday's Bowdoin Invitational. The team was led by junior Sierra James. Maine Maritime returns to action at the Colby College Invitational on Friday, October 6.
New England College powerhouse Abby Shafer (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) was knocked out of the top spot for the first time this season, as she finished two seconds behind the winner from Brandeis to take second place with a time of 17:40. As a team, the Pilgrims finished seventh out of nine teams. NEC competes at the James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield State University next Saturday.
UMaine-Presque Isle came in eighth at Bowdoin this past Saturday. Emmy Churchill paced the Owls in 53rd with a 6K time of 28:32.
Thomas did not compete as they prepare for the Runnin' Monks Invitational on Saturday, October 7.