NASHUA, N.H. – Stonehill College, ranked 12th in the national poll, secured its 13th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the East Regional title for the fourth consecutive season on Sunday.
The Skyhawks finished first, scoring 67 points. Stonehill’s top-five runners all placed inside the top 20 out of 192 competitors. Adelphi finihsed second with 97 points and Saint Rose finished third (161 points). All three teams move on to the NCAA Division Championships on Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo., which will be hosted by Missouri Southern State.
“Knowing every year there is another team out there that is very strong and always trying to beat us motivates our women’s squad to rise to the occasion and not be content with finishing second,” Stonehill head coach Karen Boen said. “It is a great feeling as a coach knowing that this group continues to strive to build on the success this program has had over the years.”
Senior Caroline McBride claimed All-East Region honors for the first time in her career, finishing fourth overall on the 6-kilometer course in 21 minutes and 49.4 seconds, a new personal best. McBride surpassed her previous mark of 22:07 set at the Brooks-Paul Short Run Gold Race.
“Caroline had a great day. Last year she wasn’t in our top-seven but throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons last winter and spring, Caroline worked very hard to be where she is at now,” Boen said. “Caroline has been our number-one runner all season, but she is also a great teammate and leader. She works so hard to put this team in a position to win. It isn’t about personal goals for Caroline — it’s all about making this team place at the top of the field every weekend.”
Junior Chelsea Bishop placed 11th overall in 22:09.7, Emily Regan ranked 15th overall with a time of 22:22.01, sophomore Emily Anderson crossed the finish line in 22 minutes and 28.2 seconds and senior Kristen Veit rounded out the top five with a 20th place finish in 22:32.4. All four runners posted new personal bests and also earned All-East Region honors for placing inside the top 25.
“Earlier today before the race, the team talked about their goals for nationals and knew that they needed to treat the East Regionals with the same focus and demeanor as they would the National Championships,” Boen said. “If we want to run well at nationals we need to have our top seven inside the top 25 and they took that mindset into [this] race. Our top-seven gap was less than a minute apart, which is kind of unheard of, but that’s what we will have to do at nationals to reach our goals.”
The Stonehill women’s team will be joined by the men’s squad, who finished third overall, advancing to nationals for the tenth consecutive season, at the NCAA championships.