PREVIEW: Northeast-10 Conference Cross Country Championships

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Anselm men's and women's cross country teams will participate in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship this Sunday, Nov. 4. The men's race will begin at 11 a.m. with the women's race to follow at 12:15 p.m. – the race will be held at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds in Hopkinton, N.H.

LINK: NE10 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ranked fourth in the most recent USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, the women's program at Saint Anselm seeks to improve its ninth-place finish at the NE10 race in 2017. That ninth-place finish was the squad's best placement at the conference championships since 2010. In the NE10 Cross Country Coaches' Poll, released on Friday, the Hawks were projected to finish fourth out of 15 teams.  A fourth place finish would be the best finish for the women's program since 2003, where the team finished fifth at Le Moyne College. 

Last season, the men's program recorded their best team finish at the league race since the 2010 season in which the squad placed ninth in the 14-team field. The Hawks were ranked 11th in the NE10 following the aforementioned coaches' poll and will look to climb up in the standings and improve upon last year's 12th-place finish at the championship race. An 11th place finish would also be the second best finish for the program in the last decade. 

Two weeks ago, both the Saint Anselm men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds, the same course in which the NE10 Championship will be held. The men recorded an eighth-place finish out of 11 teams while the women's squad placed third out of 11 teams.

HAWKS NOTABLES 

  • The Saint Anselm men's program will look to win its first-ever conference title in the 38th running of the NE10 Championship. The best finish for the Hawks came in 1993, finishing as the runner-up to seven-time champion Bentley with then-senior David Brosnan '94 leading the field.
  • On the women's side, the Hawks have been runner-up on six separate occasions and have not had an individual champion. Erin Thorpe '04 placed second overall for Saint Anselm in 2000 and Caitlin Lenehan '04 was the race's overall runner-up in 2002.
  • Both the men's and women's programs at Saint Anselm have featured three different race leaders through the team's first four races. Senior Liberty Gendron (Goffstown, N.H.) enters Saturday's race having improved her 5K time in each of her last two races, leading the Hawks harriers in each performance.
  • Freshmen Holly O'Leary (Tewksbury, Mass.) led Saint Anselm at the National Catholic Invitational on Sept. 14 and classmate Leanne Guimond (Barnstable, Mass.) posted a fifth-place overall finish at the season-opening Shacklette Invitational, held on the Hilltop.
  • Sophomore Jordan Cook (Biddeford, Maine) opened the year strong for the men's program, posting a 17th place finish at the Shacklette Invitational before first-year Cole Corcoran (Braintree, Mass.) led the Hawks in back-to-back races. Most recently, junior Anthony Galasso (Reading, Mass.) placed first among Saint Anselm participants at the Bruce Kirsh Cup.