Women's cross country posts fifth place finish at NCAA East Region Championships

Women's cross country posts fifth place finish at NCAA East Region Championships

PHILADELPHIA – Freshman Christine Toy (Standish, Maine) of the regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College women's cross country team finished 13th out of 162 competitors at the 2019 NCAA Division II East Region Championships on Saturday at Belmont Plateau.


Toy's 6K time of 23:01.9 helped Saint Anselm finish fifth as a team, placing near the top of a crowded 23-team field. In total, the Hawks racked up only 198 points. Toy, an All-East Region finisher with Saturday's result, will await word as to whether or not she will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Championship in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

"This has been such a close group all season and the team ran like that today," said Head Coach Brian Stankiewicz '17 following the race. "It was great to have Christine earn All-Region honors with Delaney finishing close to her. We had everyone step up in a major way to produce a great team race. I could not be more proud."

Freshman Delaney Flanagan (Bedford, N.H.) had another impressive showing for Saint Anselm, placing 26th with a time of 23:36.7. Senior Maq Dimastrantonio (Shapleigh, Maine) finished her Hawks career strong with a personal-record 6K time of 24:24.9 to finish 48th in the field.

Sophomore Dominique Engle (Rutland, Mass.) posted a 54th place time of 24:33.5 and was followed by classmate Catie Callinan (Litchfield, N.H.) and her time of 24:57.0. Sophomore Samantha Matthews (Groveland, Mass.) crossed the line in 85th place (25:21.5) and junior captain Emily Ryan (Woburn, Mass.) navigated the course in 26:27.6.

Stonehill claimed the team championship, placing five runners in the top-10. Junior Samantha Curtin led the field with a time of 22:19.1.