BOSTON — No. 14 Stonehill won its third consecutive NCAA Division II East Regional title at Franklin Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Skyhawks advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships for the 12th consecutive season.
“It never gets ordinary to advance to the NCAAs,” head coach Karen Boen said. “It’s nice to say that it’s the 12th year in a row but every year it’s a different group of people so every year feels like the first time. It never gets ordinary for me and the rest of the coaching staff.”
|Region||Team Champion||Individual Champion|
|Central||Western State||Lauren Kleepin|
|Midwest||Grand Valley State||Megan Pittoors|
|South Central||Midwestern State||Chloe Susset|
|Southeast||Queens (N.C.)||Kate Griewisch|
Stonehill scored 57 points while Bentley finished second (99 points) and Philadelphia ranked third (112 points). The Skyhawks placed six of their seven runners inside the top 25 to earn All-East Region honors.
“At the mile mark all seven our women came across practically in a straight line around 5:40 and I think are one-through-five pack was 11 seconds apart through the finish line so are strength in our depth really showed today,” Boen said.
Senior tri-captain Maura Ferrarini paced the Skyhawks top seven, which finished just 39.6 seconds apart from each other, with an eighth-place finish in a time of 23:12 to earn her first-career All-East Region honor.
“Maura has just had a spectacular year for us, she is really coming into her own and has over come so much that it really means a lot to her and she isn’t taking anything for granted,” Boen said. “I am just really thrilled for her and what she has accomplished so far this season.”
Sophomore Sarah Biggers placed 10th overall in 23:17.5 closely followed by teammate junior tri-captain Kristen Veit in 12th place in a time of 23:20.5.
Chelsea Bishop and senior tri-captain Jill Alves followed in succession after Veit in 13th and 14th place running times of 23:21.9 and 23:23.0, respectively.
Junior Stephanie Wilson rounded out the Skyhawks All-East Region honorees finishing 23rd overall in 23 minutes and 38.2 seconds. Freshman Brianna Venturo rounded out Stonehill’s top-seven placing 26th with a time of 23:51.6.
Jeptui Cherituch of American International won the individual championship with a time of 21:54.4.