NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) and sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) each earned All-Little East Conference honors Saturday leading the University of Southern Maine women's cross country team to a second-place finish in the 2011 Little East Conference Championship meet hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The LEC meet is part of the New England Alliance Championship.
Carl finished second behind Paige Mills of Keene State College who successfully defended her individual title. Beede crossed the line sixth among LEC competitors. Both also earned All-Alliance honors, along with freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy), for finishing second, ninth and 18th respectively in the Alliance scoring.
Carl and Mills staged one of the best LEC/Alliance races. Mills covered the 5,000-meter course in a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds to edge Carl by three seconds.
Beede crossed the finish line in 19:19. Wiley posted a time of 19:56. Rounding out USM's five scoring runners were junior Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer) in 23rd place overall (20:03) and freshman Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) in 34th overall (20:38).
Keene State swept the LEC and Alliance titles for the 12th consecutive year. The Owls posted a score of 32 to outdistance Westfield State University (64) and USM (80) for the Alliance title, and tallied 24 points to take the LEC crown over USM (52) and host UMass Dartmouth (63).
The Alliance scoring features the schools of the Little East Conference and the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference. Both conferences score their respective conference champion from the Alliance meet.
Southern Maine continues its championship slate next weekend competing at the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championships being hosted by Williams College.