VESTAL, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire women's cross country team earned its second ever America East Cross Country Championship title and first since the 2003 season on Saturday. The team finished with 46 points as the event was held at Binghamton University.
The Wildcats had finished second in the conference championships in the last three consecutive years (2010-2012) and had finished in the top-four in every year since 1992. Earlier in the season, the squad also took home the New England Championships crown.
"We are very excited about the team effort and how committed to the game-plan the the group was," said head coach Robert Hoppler. It was a complete team effort and I am very happy as to how hard the group worked.
The Wildcats were paced by freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.), who finished sixth of 81 runners with a time of 17:55.62 over the 5K course. Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was hot on Purrier's heels as she came in seventh with a time of 17:59.99.
A trio of Wildcats took spots 10-12, starting with junior Chelsea Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) who completed the course with a time of 18:02.95. Senior co-captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) took 11th with a result of 18:09.65 while sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) took 12th at 18:11.62.
Freshman Sarah Kieran (Rowley, Mass.) finished 16th with a time of 18:30.75 as senior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) took 17th, crossing the line with a time of 18:32.12. Sophomore Samantha Blais (Lyndenborough, N.H.) cracked the top-20 with a 19th place finish. She finished with a time of 18:41.66.
For more information on the women's cross country team, visit www.UNHWildcats.com.