MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman Leanne Guimond (Barnstable, Mass.) led the Saint Anselm College women's cross country team to a third place finish at the 37th running of the Philip J. Shacklette Invitational on Saturday.
Guimond, who navigated the 5K course in 19:59, placed fifth among the field of 75 entrants in her collegiate debut. Saint Anselm combined to record 61 points, trailing only team champion Merrimack and second place Southern New Hampshire to place third out of five teams.
Senior Liberty Gendron (Goffstown, N.H.) and freshman Caitlyn Callinan (Litchfield, N.H.) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, with times of 20:19 and 20:23. Freshmen Dominique Engle (Rutland, Mass.) and Holly O'Leary (Tewksbury, Mass.) rounded out the scoring with 16th and 17th place finishes for the Hawks.
Freshmen Ellen Duane (Braintree, Mass.), Samantha Matthews (Groveland, Mass.) and Sarah Mullen (Seekonk, Mass.) cracked the top-25 with times of 20:56, 21:13 and 21:18, respectively. A total of 21 runners raced for the Hawks in the season-opening meet.
Merrimack's Katherine Ferrara led the field with a time of 19:26, crossing the finish line 16 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Maura Coakley from Southern New Hampshire. Merrimack won the team title with 29 points as four student-athletes placed within the top-10.
The Hawks hit the road to compete in the National Catholic Invitational on Friday, Sept. 14. The meet will be held in South Bend, Ind. starting at 4:15 p.m.