ELON, N.C. -- Senior Liz McGroarty posted the best finish by a University of Delaware runner in over a decade Saturday morning as she placed fifth overall to lead the Blue Hens to a fourth place team finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at the Elon Cross Country Course.

McGroarty, who led the Blue Hens for the fourth time this season, posted a time of 21:39.19 over the six-kilometer course to place fifth overall in the 85-runner field. Her finish was the best for a Blue Hen since since Colleen O'Brien placed third overall at the 2005 CAA Championships. McGroarty improved upon her 37th place showing at the 2016 CAA meet.

Delaware placed fourth overall as a team, its best finish since the 2013 season, with 103 points.

"I am so pleased with our team’s performance today," said head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith. "I think we executed the race plan very well. Every member on the team raced well and I am extremely proud of Liz McGroarty for her debut in the top five. We are developing nicely as a team as only four out of our 12 runners today raced at the CAA meet last season. We are moving in the right direction and I am excited for the future of this program."

James Madison captured the overall team title with 26 points, ending William & Mary's five-year reign as team champions. The Tribe was runner-up with 73 points followed by host Elon, Delaware, Northeastern, College of Charleston, Towson, Hofstra, and UNCW in the nine-team field.

In addition to McGroarty, Delaware junior Jeanette Bendolph was 18th overall with a time of 22:19.24, freshman Roxanne Ramirez placed 23rd (22:28.29), junior Emily Paolucci placed 26th (22:34.90), sophomore Stephanie Bazan came in 31st place (22:41.69), junior Lauren Zodl was 35th (22:51.27), freshman Susanna Weir was 41st (23:06.74), freshman Deja Rodriquez-Santiago was 45th (23:20.53), sophomore Analise Kaminski was 46th (23:25.65), sophomore Stephanie Palese was 56th (23:57.33), sophomore Leanza Lopez was 66th (24:24.50), and senior Madeline Berman was 67th (24:24.92).

Delaware will be back in action on Nov. 10 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals hosted by Lehigh.

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