GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference today announced that University of Southern Maine junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) has been selected the Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week ending November 13. This is the third time this fall that Carl has been selected as the recipient of the weekly honor. She previously received the honor on October 3rd and 17th.
Competing this past Saturday at the NCAA Division III Regional Cross Country Championship held at Bowdoin College, Carl became the first USM female competitor since Penny Osborne in 1999, and the sixth in the history of the program, to qualify for NCAA Division III National Championship. Carl toured the 6,000-meter Bowdoin course in 21 minutes, 42.15 seconds to be the first Little East Conference competitor across the finish line. Carl's 11th-place finish helped the Huskies place 15th among the 51 schools competing.
Carl has had a breakout season this fall winning four races and finishing second at the LEC championship. She took the top spot in the Huskies' season-opening meet against Brandeis, followed a week later by coming in first at the University of New England Invitational.
A transfer to USM after her freshman year at the University of Maine Farmington, Carl captured the top spot at the Bowdoin College Invitational (22:38.82) on October 1, and she became USM's first state champion since Osborne taking the top spot at the Maine State Championship on October 15. In between, she had an impressive 31st-place run at the NEIcAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Association) Open New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.
Carl will attempt to join Osborne as USM's only cross country All-Americans this weekend when she races in Winneconne, Wis. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is hosting the national meet.