– Senior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, placed 28th overall at the 253-runner NCAA National Championships on Monday, Nov. 19 to become the first All-American in UNH’s running program in nearly 15 years.
Parker ends one of the most successful cross country careers in UNH history by finishing the 6,000 meter course in a time of 20 minutes, 53.4 seconds. Just 7.9 seconds separated Parker and the 21st spot, while 20.1 seconds were the difference between Parker and 13th place.
Parker was the second quickest New England runner and the third fastest runner from the Northeast region.
The Wildcats’ Allison Poulin was an All-American in outdoor track in 1993.

The top 30 Americans to finish the race are automatically named All-Americans.

Parker competed in the NCAA National Championships for the second straight year after receiving one of only two individual at-large bids for the entire country.
Parker placed eighth at the 254-runner NCAA Division I New England Regional Cross Country Championship on Nov. 10 at Harvard University, finishing the six kilometer course in a time of 20:57.30. That performance earned her one of two at-large bids for the entire country given out to individuals who missed out on an automatic bid.
Since 1996, UNH’s cross country program has sent four different runners to the NCAAs. Of the four, Parker is the only member of the women’s team, as well as the only one to go twice.
Parker was named America East Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week this season Oct. 2 and Oct. 16. She also garnered ECAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors Oct. 2.
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