NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) finished 20th among 258 finishers Saturday morning to pace the University of Southern Maine women's cross country team's efforts in the varsity race at the University of Massachusetts Shriners Cross Country Invitational.
Beede covered the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 17.47 seconds for her top-20 result. Beede's time was more than a minute faster than last year, and she improved 97 places in the finishing order.
Freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) was the next USM runner across the line placing 46th with a time of 19:55.20. Junior Ariel Howes (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) came home in 78th place in 20:27.25.
In the sub-varsity race, junior Ann Knausenberger (Litchfield, Maine/St. Dominic) was the first USM runner to finish coming across the finish line in 36th place among the 160 finishers. Knausenberger had a time of 21:33.26. Junior Katherine McWilliams (Nashville, Tenn./Middle College) was 45th in 21:56.35.
M.I.T., paced by individual winner Brooke Johnson, won the varsity race with 25 points. The Engineers place all five of their scoring runners among the top ten finishers. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy was a distant second with 109 points, followed by Wellesley College (114), Brandeis University (148) and Salisbury State College (160).
After taking next weekend off, the Huskies will return to action on October 1 (12:00 p.m.) when they run at the Bowdoin College Invitational.