NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – A host of nine Quinnipiac women's cross country seniors were honored before Friday's CCSU Mini Meet for Senior Day before the team placed 7th out of 15 teams in a slimmed down 3k race. Fittingly enough, all six of the Bobcats' top finishers for the meet are members of the Class of 2014. Senior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) was the top finisher, placing 7th overall out of 137 competitors to lead the Bobcats to 154 points. UMass Amherst was the top-finishing team with 78 points on the afternoon.
Soja is starting to warm-up at just the right time for the Bobcats as she finished as the top Quinnipiac runner for the second time this season. She navigated a crowded field of 137 and a short course to finish as with the 7th spot in the overall leaderboard. Her finishing time of 10:18 was impressive in her first career appearance running at CCSU. Soja finished with her fifth career Top-10 result, tops among all active Bobcats.
Fellow classmate Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.) was the first of the three Faust sisters the cross the finish line on Friday. One of the most distinguished and recognized set of triples the University has ever seen, Brianna crossed the line in 20th place, second-fastest among all Bobcat competitors. Brianna crossed the line in 10:28 while her sister Amanda finished right behind her with a time of 10:45 in 39th place overall. Sandwiched between the three Faust sisters was senior Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.) who finished with an identical time of 10:45. Humphreys was just a fraction of a second behind Amanda and landed herself in 40th place overall.
Rounding out the scoring was Christina Faust who finished with a time of 10:53, good enough for 48th place overall out of 137. This marks the first time the Faust triplets have all finished in the top-five finishing spots among Bobcat runners in a race.
Senior Kelly Malloy (Sewell, N.J.) landed a 49th place finish, with an identical time to Christina's 10:53. Among the other seniors for the Quinnipiac team honored on Friday was Courtney Armstrong (Fair Haven, N.J.), Kelsey Rayla (Dudley, Mass.) and Val Zielinski (Hackettstown, N.J.).
Quinnipiac will now round up the troops and prepare for their first ever MAAC Championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 1 from Van Cortlandt Park. The eight-time NEC Champion Bobcat team will look to dethrone perennial powerhouse Iona with the race scheduled to start at 2:00 pm.
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