BRONX, N.Y. – In what amounted to another typical Quinnipiac women's cross country performance, filled with strong runners up and down the roster, the Bobcats landed themselves in 17th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional event from Van Cortlandt Park. All seven Quinnipiac competitors finished within the Top 150 overall and another standout day from freshman Niamh Ashe (East Islip, N.Y.) helped lead the way. The Bobcats amounted 516 points while the winner on the afternoon was Providence with 44 points.
Quinnipiac's triumph was their best finish in the NCAA Regionals since they placed 13th as a team back in 2009. The Bobcats' Ashe was at her best on Friday with the fourth-fastest time of any freshman competitor in the event. She concludes the season with one of the most impressive runs for any Bobcat rookie in program history as Ashe was the fastest on the team in all five events in which she competed. A clear threat and dominating performer this season, Ashe wrapped up 2013 with a 39th place result at the NCAA Regionals with a time of 21:13.9.
Coming through with perhaps the most impressive run of her career was sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.). One of the most improved runners towards the end of the season, Savage placed as the second-fastest Bobcat which was good enough for a new career high. Her time of 22:20 earned her a 98th place finish and spot in the Top 100 of the most competitive meet of the season.
Racing in their final meets as members of the Quinnipiac cross country squad were three seniors including Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) as well as Brianna and Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.). One of the most consistent performers Quinnipiac has had the last two seasons, Soja put together a 107th place finish in this year's NCAA Regional with a time of 22:25.5. The finishing spot was easily the most impressive for Soja in an NCAA event of her career as she moves up 25 spots from her previous career best of 132nd.
Brianna and Amanda Faust close out their illustrious careers with yet another solid meet in their last looks in a Bobcat uniform. With seven All-Conference honors between them, the Faust sisters have easily been the most dominate sibling pairing the program has ever seen in their four years as Bobcat runners. Brianna's time of 22:47.5 put her in 140th place overall out of 250 competitors while Amanda clocked in at 22:50.6 for a 143rd place result. Packing up together one last time, Brianna and Amanda finished fifth and sixth, respectively, among the Bobcat contingent.
Freshman Allison Decker (Milford, Pa.) had one of the better outings of her career as she tallied a fourth place finish among the Quinnipiac's competitors. Decker crossed the line in 22:41.7 to place her ahead of the Faust sisters and in 132nd place overall. The fourth place finish among Bobcat runners ties a career high as the first year runner will ride a wave of momentum into her sophomore season in 2014.
Rounding out the field for Quinnipiac in their final competition of the 2013 season was sophomore Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.). The seventh fastest Bobcat runner was not far from Decker who was fourth fastest on Friday as her time of 22:53.5 was a little more than 12 seconds of Decker's. Quinnipiac's strong pack showed their depth and will certainly give them some positive memories as they move into the offseason.
The Bobcats had a great showing in their first year in the MAAC with a second place finish in the Conference Championships. They will graduate nine seniors but will have none next season as a strong and youthful bunch will be returning to make some waves in their second season in the new conference.
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