Evans Leads USM at NCAA Div. III Regional
GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Heather Evans (York, Maine) paced the University of Southern Maine women's cross country Saturday at the team's final event of the 2017 season, the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country New England Regional Championships. USM hosted the event at the Gorham Country Club.
Evans was USM's first finisher crossing the finish line in 113th place overall (111st in team scoring) after covering the 6,000-meter women's course in 23 minutes, 34.6 seconds.
Sophomore Gina Pardi (Falmouth, Maine) was the next USM finisher coming home in 202nd place overall with a time of 24:41.7. Rookie Sydney Sirois (Greene, Maine/St. Dominic) finished in 229th place, tripping the timer in 24:59.7.
Rounding out the Huskies' scoring five were senior Lauren Beganny (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill) in 278th place and sophomore Nicole Ponte (Dartmouth, Mass.) in 288th place. Beganny had a time of 25:47.5 and Ponte finished in 25:56.2.
M.I.T. won the regional title scoring 58 points, and Tufts University took the runner-up spot with 92 as both earned the region's two automatic berths to next weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship race in Elsah, Illinois. M.I.T. placed its five scoring runners among the first 17 finishers.
Hoping to receive an at-large team berth are Williams College, Middlebury College and Bates College, the third, fourth and fifth-place teams respectively. The at-large berths and individual qualifiers will be announced Sunday afternoon.
Southern Maine finished in 41st place among the 56 teams registering a team score.
Coast Guard Academy freshman Kaitlyn Mooney was the individual winner with a time of 20:22.6.