BOSTON – The WPI women's cross country team finished 29th overall and seventh amongst Division III teams at the NEICAAA All-New England Championships Saturday at Franklin Park. Boston College won the team crown with 56 points while Quinnipiac placed second (144) and Yale came home third (162).
Five nationally-ranked Division III teams competed in the event as No. 4 MIT was fifth (255), No. 7 Middlebury was 10th (293), No. 22 Brandeis was 17th (428), No. t31 Wellesley was 19th (485) and No. 15 Amherst was 20th (565). Bowdoin was the only other D-III squad to finish ahead of the Engineers (803) with 649 points, which was good for 23rd. Locally, Division I Holy Cross finished 14th (337) and Division II Assumption was 31st (867).
Sophomore Emily Newman (Easton, MA) crossed the finish line 112th overall to pace the Crimson and Gray with a time of 19:16.4. Senior Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) turned in a 19:38.6 to claim 158th as freshman Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) and sophomore Jasmine Higuera (Riverside, CA) also had sub-20 minute times as they placed 171st (19:46.5) and 176th (19:53.1), respectively. Junior Liz Hansen (Richmond, RI) was the final Engineer in the top 200 with a 186th-place time of 20:05.6. Senior Jessica Orr (Westerly, RI) clocked a 20:17.4 for 203rd and sophomore Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) posted a 220th-place time of 20:34.9.
WPI also came home 22nd in the sub-varsity race. Freshman Lauren Farry (Pittsfield, MA) led the way with a time of 20:29.7 (107th) while classmate Carly Neeld (Williston, VT) was 12 runners behind in 119th (20:38.1). Sophomore Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH) posted a 21:22 to finish 183rd. Sophomore Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) and junior Julia Smith (Cranston, RI) were just outside the top 200 as they were 201st (21:35) and 203rd (21:38.1). Sophomore Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY) came home 274th (23:05.3) as freshman Megan Concannon (Hanson, MA) placed 290th (23:45.2) and junior Theresa Inzerillo (Nashua, NH) finished 306th (24:56.7).
Women's Cross Country is back in action next Saturday at the Connecticut College Invitational.