BOSTON -- Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) of the University of Southern Maine women's cross country team placed 31st among the 269 finishers at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEIcAAA) Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Franklin Park.
Carl cover the 5,017-meter course 18 minutes, 37 seconds to be the seventh Division runner across the line. Carl's time was 1:27 faster than last year (20:04), and she improved 143 places in the running order. The NEIcAAA championship features NCAA Division I, II and III teams.
Freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) was the second USM finisher crossing the line in 170th place with a time of 20:26. Junior Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer) was 208th tripping the timer at 21:02.
Boston College won the team championship totaling 38 points. The Eagles placed their five scoring runners among the top 20 finishers. Boston University was second with 73 points, followed by the University of Vermont with 118, Williams College with 165 and Dartmouth College with 177. Southern Maine had only three runners compete in the varsity race.
Katie Matthews of Boston University was the individual champion with her time of 17:18.
In the sub-varsity race, junior Ann Knausenberger (Litchfield, Maine/St. Dominic) and rookie Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) paced the Huskies. Knausenberger and Panciera each finished in 22:18 to place 158th and 159th respectively among the 341 finishers.
Southern Maine returns to action next weekend competing in the State of Maine Championship being held at Pineland in New Gloucester, Maine.