HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's cross country team won its fifth consecutive Northeast Conference Championship Saturday afternoon in Hamden. The Bobcats broke the previous record they had tied with Saint Francis (Pa.) last season of four straight conference titles. Four Quinnipiac runners finished in the top 10 as the team finished with 33 points, 38 ahead of second place Sacred Heart. Carolyn Martin was named the NEC Coach of the Year for the first time, pushing Quinnipiac's streak of consecutive seasons with the league's top coach to four.
"Going into the day we were poised for another championship," said Martin. "The women executed our plan to perfection this afternoon. I couldn't be happier for them and I am thrilled for all their performances."
Sophomore Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with a third-place finish in 18:15. Sacred Heart's Kimberly DeLoreto finished first overall and was named the NEC Outstanding Performer with a time of 17:58 on the 5K Quinnipiac Cross Country Course. Megan Kinsella of Mount St. Mary's was named the Rookie of the Year with a second-place finish in 18:14.
Five-time Road Runner Sports NEC Rookie of the Week freshman Becca White (Natick, Mass) was the fourth overall finisher. The first-year Bobcat crossed the line in 18:18, the second member of her team to finish. Senior Kristen Stevens (Succasunna, N.J.) was the sixth overall runner to finish. The two-time NEC Outstanding Performer (2006, 2007) crossed the line in 18:35.
Senior Lindsey Pierret (Morristown, N.J.) earned a spot on the NEC All-Conference Team for the fourth year in a row. Her time of 18:53 was good for ninth-place overall. Joining Pierret on the all-conference team for the first time was sophomore Julie Lanning (Victor, N.Y.) in 11th place. Lanning crosses the line in 18:56 and rounded out the Bobcats in the scoring.
"The girls are really building a tradition here and a lot of big recruits look at our school because of what we do on days like today," Martin added. "Tradition never graduates, so I hope to continue to build on it in the future with similar results."
Quinnipiac's score of 33 points bested a field of 12 NEC teams. Sacred Heart (71), Monmouth (98), Saint Francis (Pa.) (127) and Mount St. Mary's (163) rounded out the top five teams.
The Bobcats will next run on Saturday, Nov. 14 when they compete in the NCAA Regionals at Franklin Park in Boston. The race is set to begin at noon.