NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) became the first University of Southern Maine runner to win the State of Maine Cross Country Championship since 1999 as she captured the title Saturday at Pineland Farms to help the Huskies finish fourth among the 11 teams competing.
Carl covered the 5,000-meter Pineland course in 19 minutes, 1 second to edge Berol Dewdney of Colby College by two seconds, and Madelena Rizzo of Bowdoin College by five seconds. Carl is the first USM female competitor to win the state title since Penny Osborne took the crown in 1999.
Colby took the team title with 41 points. Bowdoin was second with 44, and Bates College was third with 58. Southern Maine tallied 120.
Sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) was the second USM runner across the finish line coming in 23rd overall in 20:22. Freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) came home in 30th place with her time of 20:36. Sophomore Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer) and rookie Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) completed USM's first five scoring runners in 54th and 62nd place respectively.
USM will be off next weekend as it prepares for the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships on October 29 (11:00 a.m.). The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will host the LEC-Alliance event.