Women's cross country ranked in first USTFCCCA East Region poll

Women's cross country ranked in first USTFCCCA East Region poll

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the Saint Anselm College women's cross country was ranked in the East Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.

LINK: 2018 NCAA DII Cross Country Regional Rankings – Week 1

The Hawks, ranked sixth in the region, join the top-10 list with fellow Northeast-10 Conference members Stonehill (1), Merrimack (3), Assumption (4), Southern New Hampshire (5), Le Moyne (7), Saint Rose (8), Franklin Pierce (9) and Bentley (10).

"I am extremely proud of how hard the team has worked to this point in the season," said second-year Head Coach Brian Stankiewicz '17. "Both programs do not intend to rest on their laurels, though, and we expect to continue our hard work in the coming weeks leading up to the conference championship and the NCAA Regional race."

On the season, the Hawks have posted a third-place team finish at the Shacklette Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 1, edging Bentley and Saint Michael's in the process, and later posted a seventh place finish out of 15 non-NCAA Division I programs at the National Catholic Invitational this past Saturday.

Two freshman have led the Hawks in each race as Holly O'Leary (Tewksbury, Mass.) most recently led her team in the National Catholic Invitational (20:00.68) while Leanne Guimond (Barnstable, Mass.) navigated the 5K course with a top time of 19:59. Additionally, seven different student-athletes have scored for the Hawks in a race this season.

Saint Anselm was slotted as high as fourth in the region in 2013 and Tuesday's announcement marks the 26th time the women's program has received placement in the rankings since 2009.