October 27, 2012

Outstanding Team Effort Carries Women's Cross Country to Record Eighth Straight NEC Championship

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Quinnipiac women's cross country showed their impeccable depth on their way to capturing an eighth consecutive Northeast Conference Championship on Saturday. The Bobcat's eight-year championship winning streak is the longest current streak in any NEC-sponsored sport. Four Bobcats garnered All-Conference honors and all seven qualifying runners for Quinnipiac placed within the first 23 competitors to finish in the 5k event. Sacred Heart finished runner-up with 54 points compared to the Bobcat's 46.

"The way the girls performed today really shows that all their hard work and effort paid off throughout the season," said Quinnipiac women's cross country head coach Carolyn Martin. "All of our girls finished where we wanted them to finish, they packed up well, and I couldn't be happier with the job we did today."

Senior Becca White (Natick, Mass) once again proved vital to the team's success as she placed 3rd overall in the competition. Racing in her final NEC Championship, the senior saved her best race of the year for Saturday as she finished in 17:51.99, her best time in five races this season. Her finishing time is the second fastest of her career, behind her 2010 NEC Championship performance where she won the event in a record-breaking time of 17:17.1.

Junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) continued to prove herself as one of the most impressive Bobcat runners, finishing second on the team and 7th overall to land her an All-Conference selection. Soja has finished second among Bobcat runners in all five races she has competed this year and nearly established a personal-best time, coming in with 18:19.81 for Quinnipiac. It is her first time being named an All-Conference runner.

Senior Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) capped her career with four consecutive All-Conference honors as she placed 8th, seconds behind Soja. Roche crossed the line at 18:25.06 and closed her stellar Quinnipiac career with another outstanding clutch performance.

The fourth and final All-Conference runner for Quinnipiac on Saturday was junior Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.). She earns her third All-Conference honor as she finished 12th overall with a time of 18:29.10. Faust saved her best time of the season for Saturday's event as she nearly established a new career-best, coming seconds short of her 2010 NEC Championship time of 18:20.6.

The three final competitors were not far off the pace as junior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) finished just two spots outside the All-Conference cutoff in 16th place. The Bobcat freshmen helped round out the field as Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.Y.) and Ashley Carle (Jackson, N.J.) finished in 21st and 23rd-place, respectively. They also were the second and third NEC freshmen to finish the race, in respective order.

Bryant's own Eimear Black was named the 2012 Outstanding Performer of the Year as she won the event in 17:34.29, over 13 seconds faster than the runner-up. Bryant also claimed the Rookie of the Year in Annmarie Tuxbury but Quinnipiac came home with their eighth consecutive title.

The Bobcats will have a week off before competing in the NCAA Northeast Regional at Hammonasett State Park in Madison, Conn. on Nov. 9 with the women's event starting at 12 p.m.

2012 Women's Cross Country All-Conference Team

 1 Black, Eimear             JR Bryant                  6:11.2   17:34.29    1   
 2 Selmquist, Alyssa         SR Sacred Heart            6:15.7   17:47.32    2   
 
3 White, Rebecca            SR Quinnipiac              6:17.4   17:51.99    3   
 4 Castrogivanni, Brianna    JR Sacred Heart            6:19.1   17:56.88    4   
 5 Reynolds, Martha          JR Bryant                  6:24.0   18:10.92    5   
 6 Navarro, Michelle         SR Sacred Heart            6:25.6   18:15.35    6   
 
7 Soja, Jessica             JR Quinnipiac              6:27.2   18:19.81    7   
 8 Roche, Morgan             SR Quinnipiac              6:29.0   18:25.06    8   
 9 Tuxbury, Annmarie         FR Bryant                  6:29.9   18:27.47    9   
 10 Maher, Kelsey             SR Monmouth                6:29.9   18:27.64   10   
 11 Eller, Amanda             SR Monmouth                6:29.9   18:27.69   11   
 
12 Faust, Brianna            JR Quinnipiac              6:30.4   18:29.10   12   
 13 Dearborn, Krisztina       JR Central Connecticut     6:32.2   18:34.05   13   
 14 Eberhardt, Elizabeth      JR Central Connecticut     6:32.6   18:35.20   14  
<pre>Team Scores                                    
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Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9 
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   1 Quinnipiac                   46    3    7    8   12   16   21   23           
      Total Time:  1:31:48.19                                                     
         Average:    18:21.64                                                     
   2 Sacred Heart                 54    2    4    6   17   25   31   36           
      Total Time:  1:31:44.48                                                     
         Average:    18:20.90                                                     
   3 Bryant                       82    1    5    9   30   37   46   49           
      Total Time:  1:32:47.70                                                     
         Average:    18:33.54                                                     
   4 Monmouth                    117   10   11   24   32   40   53   58           
      Total Time:  1:34:52.86                                                     
         Average:    18:58.58                                                     
   5 Central Connecticut         140   13   14   28   29   56   60   74           
      Total Time:  1:35:25.65                                                     
         Average:    19:05.13                                                     
   6 Mount St. Mary's            163   15   19   22   43   64   68   73           
      Total Time:  1:37:14.10                                                     
         Average:    19:26.82                                                     
   7 Robert Morris               167   18   26   34   42   47   55   62           
      Total Time:  1:37:01.07                                                     
         Average:    19:24.22                                                     
   8 Wagner                      202   20   35   45   50   52   57   61           
      Total Time:  1:38:33.40                                                     
         Average:    19:42.68                                                     
   9 St. Francis (Pa.)           217   27   33   41   51   65   71   75           
      Total Time:  1:39:12.57                                                     
         Average:    19:50.52                                                     
  10 St. Francis (N.Y.)          242   38   39   48   54   63   66   67           
      Total Time:  1:40:28.11                                                     
         Average:    20:05.63                                                     
  11 Fairleigh Dickinson         314   44   59   69   70   72                     
      Total Time:  1:46:58.17                                                     
         Average:    21:23.64                         

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu