JAMESVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's cross country team finished third out of 14 programs at the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference Championship 6K race held at Jamesville Beach Park on Sunday.
The women's program at Saint Anselm placed third out of 14 programs (134 pts.), its best finish since tying for third in only a 12-team field. The Hawks, ranked sixth in the most recent USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, were the only program to have to freshmen finish in the top-15 as first-years Christine Toy (Standish, Maine) and Delaney Flanagan (Bedford, N.H.) picked up First Team and Second Team honors, respectively.
Saint Anselm last placed third in 2002, tying with Assumption. That season was also the most recent time that the Hawks had two student-athletes place in the top-15.
Making her first appearance on a 6K course as a Hawks student-athlete, Toy crossed the line in 24:34.8 to earn First Team All-Conference honors with a fifth-place finish. She has finished fifth or better in three of her first six collegiate cross country appearances, crossing the line in third place at the season-opening Shacklette Invitational on Sept. 7.
Flanagan navigated the course in 25:02.9, placing 14th out of 136 competitors. She has four top-15 finishes to begin her career, highlighted by a fourth place finish at the Shacklette Invitational and sixth-place time of 19:54.7 at the Bruce Kirsh Cup on Sept. 28, 2019.
Sophomore Dominique Engle (Rutland, Mass,) was 35th for Saint Anselm, posting a time of 25:50.9, with junior captain Emily Ryan (Woburn, Mass.) trailing Engle by one place with a 25:52.6 time. Sophomore Ailish Husband (Plymouth, Mass.) was the fifth scorer for Saint Anselm, crossing the line with a time of 26:30.7.
Sophomore Holly O'Leary (Tewksbury, Mass.) was 56th (26:45.5) with classmate Leanne Guimond (Barnstable, Mass.) placing in the top half of runners with a 26:50.2 6K time. Sophomores Catie Callinan (Litchfield, N.H.) and Ellen Duane (Braintree, Mass.) logged times of 26:57.2 and 27:04.5, respectively, with second-year Lia Guerette (Ellington, Conn.) posting a 27:25.1 time to place 72nd.
Senior Maq Dimastrantonio (Shapleigh, Maine) completed her race with a time of 27:48.3 and sophomore Sarah Mullen (Seekonk, Mass.) produced a time of 28:07.9. Sophomores Samantha Matthews (Groveland, Mass.) and Ava Nardelli (Brockton, Mass.) rounded out the field for Saint Anselm with times of 28:15 and 29:01.2.
Stonehill claimed first place in the team standings with four top-10 finishers. Kialeigh Marston from Assumption took first place individually with a time of 23:27.
Saint Anselm now turns its attention to the NCAA Division II East Region Cross Country Championships to be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Philadelphia.