PREVIEW: 2019 Northeast-10 Conference Cross Country Championships

PREVIEW: 2019 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, Oct. 27. The women's 6K race kicks off at 11 a.m. with the men's 8K race to follow at 12:15 p.m. The race will be held at Jamesville Beach Park in Jamesville, N.Y. 

LINK: NE10 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 
LINK: LIVE RESULTS

Ranked sixth in the most recent USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, the Hawks women's program opened its season finishing second at the Shacklette Invitational. Two weeks later, Saint Anselm placed fifth out of 37 programs at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational before taking first place at the Bruce Kirsh Cup on Sept. 28. 

In the NE10 Pre-Championship poll released on Friday, the Hawks were projected to finish fifth out of 14 competing teams. Last season, the Hawks posted an eighth place finish and were led by Liberty Gendron '18 and her 6K time of 23:33.96 which placed her 36th in the crowded field. Since the 2016 season, the Hawks have steadily improved their placement, moving from 15th to ninth and, most recently, eighth. 

The men's program at Saint Anselm also placed second at the season-opening Shacklette Invitational and finished in the top half of programs at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 21. Three student-athletes have led the Hawks in races this season and Saint Anselm was projected to finish 10th in the pre-championship poll. 

Should both teams finish in the positions reflected in the coaches' poll, it would be the first top five finish for Saint Anselm since the 2003 season. Additionally, a top 10 finish for the men's program would be the squad's first since 2010. 

HAWKS NOTABLES 

  • The Saint Anselm men's program will look to win its first-ever conference title in the 39th 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.
  • The men's cross country program at Saint Anselm has featured three different race leaders through the team's first four races. On the women's team, freshmen Delaney Flanagan (Bedford, N.H.) and Christine Toy (Standish, Maine) have each placed first for Saint Anselm in 2019.
  • Flanagan recorded a fourth place finish at the Shacklette Invitational, a sixth place finish at the Bruce Kirsh Cup and an 11th place finish at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.
  • Toy has started her career on the Hilltop with four consecutive 5K times of 19:56.3 or less, culminating in her time of 19:07.7 at the Oct. 12 running of the NEICAAA Cross Country Championships.
  • Senior Maq Dimastrantonio (Shapleigh, Maine) has appeared in three NE10 championship races, posting a personal-best 6K time of 25:22.5 last year. She has improved her finish in three consecutive years (105th, 99th, 84th).
  • Junior Emily Ryan (Woburn, Mass.) placed 15th at the Bruce Kirsh Cup on Sept. 28, navigating the 5K course in a personal-record time of 20:15.7. She will be making her third appearance at the league championship on Saturday.
  • Sophomore Ellen Duane (Braintree, Mass.) posted a sub-20 minute 5K time at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 21, checking in with a time of 19:59.5 to place 54th.
  • Senior Anthony Galasso (Reading, Mass.) will make his fourth and final appearance at the NE10 Championships on Saturday, most recently leading the Hawks at the race in 2018 with a time of 27:11.36.
  • Junior Hugh Cameron (Weston, Mass.) recorded a career-low 8K time last time out at the NEICAAA Cross Country Championship on Oct. 12. Sophomore Patrick Hodgson (Falmouth, Mass.) turned in an 8K time of 29:53.8 at the Bruce Kirsh Cup on Sept. 28, logging a personal record.
  • Freshmen Tom Nelson (Gorham, Maine) and Liam Reeve (Kittery, Maine) crossed the line at the 8K NEICAAA Cross Country Championship with a personal record times. Junior Adam Scott (Groton, Mass.) turned in a time of 33:15.6, an 8K personal record.
  • Junior Trent Briggs (Westford, Mass.) will attempt his third NE10 Championship race on Saturday, coming back after a two-week hiatus in 2018 to record a time of 29:26.76 last year at the league championships.
  • Junior Jordan Cook (Biddeford, Maine) has not missed a race in his career and turned in a time of 27:04.89 at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational, a personal-best 8K time.