Women's Cross Country Climbs in Regional Poll

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's cross country team cracked the top-10 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Poll, coming in at ninth. The team is fresh off a title performance at the America East Championships that took place on Saturday, Nov. 2. 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.

Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) paced the Wildcats at the conference championships with a sixth place finish while senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was hot on her heels, coming in seventh. They finished with times of 17:55.62 and 17:59.99, respectively. 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.

The team will compete next at the NCAA Regional Meet on Nov. 15 (1 p.m.), held at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. At the meet, all Division I schools in New England and New York will compete for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships, held in Terra Haute, Ind. For more information on the upcoming NCAA Regional Meet, be sure to visit www.UNHWildcats.com.

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