EASTON, Mass. — Stonehill, ranked 12th in the USTFCCCA national poll, captured its fourth consecutive Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) championship and eleventh in program history on Saturday at Jamesville Beach County Park.
Stonehill scored 65 points with all seven of its runners finishing inside the top 25 of the race. No. 33 Adelphi tallied 80 points to finish as runner-up while Southern Connecticut State ended in third (124). Saint Rose was fourth (136) and American International College (AIC) finished fifth (156) to round out the top-five.
“I am really happy for my seniors. To think they have won a conference championship every year that they have been [here] is a tribute to their leadership and their work ethic,” coach Karen Boen said. “They respect the tradition of this team and the great athletes that have come before them. The reason winning is so important to us is to keep the tradition of Stonehill cross country strong and also highlight their individual efforts as well. There is accountability with this program and the alumni as well.”
AIC senior Jeptui Cherutich garnered top individual honors crossing the finish line in 18 minutes and 23.2 seconds, nearly 16 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
Stonehill senior tri-captain Caroline McBride paced the Skyhawks with a fifth-place finish overall in 18 minutes and 49 seconds. Junior tri-captain Chelsea Bishop checked in quickly behind McBride in sixth place in 18:56.2. For their efforts, both McBride and Bishop were named to the NE-10 All-Conference First Team for the first time in their careers.
“We just take it for granted that they are always up top and in good position every race,” Boen said of McBride and Bishop. “Every time we need them they get it going up front and spark our team. We can just rely on them to be so consistent and that is not easy in this sport.”
Sarah Biggers ranked 16th overall in 19:25.5 and sophomore Emily Anderson finished 18th overall with a time of 19:27.1 to claim NE-10 All-Conference Second Team accolades. Biggers collects her second career all-conference selection while Anderson picks up her first career award.
Sophomore Brianna Venturo rounded out the Skyhawks top-five with a 20th-place finish in 19 minutes and 31.6 seconds. Venturo was named to the NE-10 All-Conference Third Team, her first career selection.
Senior tri-captain Kristen Veit placed 22nd overall with a time of 19:35.2 and junior Emily Regan ranked 23rd overall in 19:36.4.
“My top seven has established itself this season,” Boen said. “It is not easy to make our top seven considering the depth we have on this team, so to consistently stay up in that position is a testament to their training and how they approach every practice and every race.”