Women’s Cross Country Announces Captains for 2012 Season

Elise Beattie, Keely Maguire, Darcy James

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's cross country team recently announced that seniors Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) and Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were selected as captains for the upcoming 2012 campaign.

Maguire is coming off an impressive 2011 season when she was named to the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team after a 24th-place finish at the regional meet. She also finished fourth at the America East Championships, completing the five-kilometer course in a time of 17:03 and earned all-conference honors for her efforts. The Massachusetts native was equally impressive on the track last spring as she claimed first-place in the 1,500 meters at the New England Championships, marking her second career New England title after winning the 10,000 meters in 2011. She also set a school record in the 3,000 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 9:33.76.

James placed 11th overall at last year's America East Championships, finishing in a time of 17:29. She also added a fourth-place finish at the UAlbany Invitational earlier in the season and placed 34th overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet. Following the season, she was named to the 2011 America East All-Academic Team for her well-rounded achievements in the classroom and on the course. As a member of the UNH track & field squad, James helped the indoor 4x800 meter relay team set a school record in 2011 with a time of 8:56.92.

Beattie enjoyed a strong sophomore season for the Wildcats as she placed 10th overall at the conference championships in a time of 17:28 to earn all-league honors. She also took third at the UAlbany Invite and was named the America East Performer of the Week after a fifth-place finish at the Dartmouth Invitational. Beattie, who qualified for the NCAA Northeast Regionals, was named to the America East All-Academic Team.

The Wildcats open the 2012 season on Friday, Aug. 31 when they host Providence and Maine at 1 p.m.

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