Blue Hens Post Sixth Place Showing at CAA Championships
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware cross country team finished in sixth place at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships held Saturday morning at White Clay Creek State Park.
William & Mary captured its fifth consecutive league title with 34 points, while James Madison finished second with 47 points and Elon was third with a 66 total. Northeastern came in fourth at 120, followed by Towson at 123 and the Blue Hens with a 161 score. College of Charleston placed seventh at 167, Hofstra was eighth at 246, and UNCW finished ninth at 277.
UD freshman Mackenzie Jones was the Blue Hens’ top finisher for the fourth time this fall, as she placed 18th by running the six-kilometer course in 22:34.05. Senior Betsy Erlanger competed the race in 22:53.65 to place 26th, while junior Liz McGroarty came in 34th place with a time of 23:11.81.
Freshman Valerie Romero crossed the finish line in 23:33.76 to finish in 33rd place, while classmate Analise Kaminski placed 43rd with a time of 23:38.86. Sophomore Molly Doyle finished in 46th place by posting a time of 23:42.62, while freshman Stephanie Bazan was 47th as she crossed the line in 23:43.39.
“I was expecting a little bit better from the team today,” Blue Hen head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith said. “We were prepared to run a better race as a pack but were just a little too dispersed on the course, and it cost us a higher placement as a team.
“The girls ran well, and we had good energy today. Mackenzie Jones is awesome; she set a personal record on this course and has been running well all season. Betsy Erlanger stepped it up today in the conference meet when it really counts. Overall I’m pleased, but I’m not satisfied.”
Regan Rome of William & Mary captured the women’s race with a time of 21:12.64, finishing nearly 14 seconds ahead of the field.
The CAA men’s cross country race was also held Saturday morning, with William & Mary capturing its 17th straight league championship.
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