Keene State Captures 12th Cross Country Championship
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Paige
Mills (Keene, N.H.) paced Keene State College to its 12th straight
Little East Women's Cross Country Championship this morning on the
campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Mills covered
the 5-kilometer course in a time of 18 minutes, two seconds to
defend her individual title.
Mills became the 12th consecutive Owl female runner to win the conference championship meet. The senior from Keene, N.H. averaged a five minute, 48 second mile to lead the race from start to finish. University of Southern Maine junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) made a late charge down the stretch, but was unable to catch Mills. Carl completed the course in 18 minutes and five seconds. Keene State junior Maggie Fitter (Branford, Conn.) and senior Andrea Walsh (Bolton, Conn.) finished in third and fourth, while University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Kathleen Sheehan (Scituate, Mass.) placed fifth in a field of 55 participants.
Keene State cruised to its 12th women's cross country championship in program history. Each of the five Owl runners that scored placed inside the top-10. Sophomore Erin Crawford (Townsend, Mass.) crossed the finish line in seventh at 19 minutes, 23 seconds, while senior Sarah Titus (Derry, N.H.) closed out the Keene State scoring with a ninth place finish at 19 minutes, 29 seconds. The Owls showed their depth as six additional Keene State runners earned All-New England Alliance honors based on finishing in the top-20 of the individual standings.
Carl averaged a five minute, 49 seconds mile led the Huskies contingent across the finish line. Sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine) completed the course in 19 minutes, 19 seconds to place sixth. Freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine) and junior Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine) finished 12th and 16th respectively to receive an All-Alliance certificate.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (63), Eastern Connecticut State University (102), and Rhode Island College (134) completed the five-team conference standings.