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College Roundup: UNH's Purrier gains All-America status


November 18. 2017 8:07PM




Senior Elinor Purrier, already the best and most decorated runner in the history of the University of New Hampshire cross country and track & field program, added another notch in her belt Saturday at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Purrier finished 18th overall in the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Purrier turned in a time of 19 minutes, 53.7 seconds over the 6-kilometer course.

The finish was the latest impressive result for the fifth-year senior from the small town of Montgomery in Northern Vermont.

Purrier is now an eight-time All American.

The race winner was Ednah Kurgat of New Mexico; New Mexico also took the first place victory in team score with 90 points. San Francisco finished second with a team score of 105 and Colorado finished third with 139.

She has advanced to the NCAA finals in each of her last seven seasons and each time has finished seventh or better in the final race against the best racers in the country over a range of distances and events from the 6000-meter run in cross country to the mile at the NCAA Indoor championships to the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Outdoor Championships.

"Seven straight seasons of making the NCAA finals is unheard of," said Robert Hoppler, UNH's women's cross country coach.

Purrier has a second-place finish, a couple of third-place results, a fourth and a pair of sevenths in that stretch.

When she finished seventh in the steeplechase at the NCAAs as a sophomore in 2014, it was the best finish ever by a UNH woman in either cross country or track & field.

She had competed in four races this season coming into the NCAA finals and won them all.

Last year, she was seventh in the NCAA cross country finals, second in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and fourth in the steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Plymouth State: Junior Sam Brunette earned All-America status with his 25th-place finish Saturday at the Division III Cross Country Championships in Elsah, Ill. Brunette finished the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 48.83 seconds.

Men's hockey

Boston College 3, UNH 2: At Durham on Friday, Michael Woll's highlight-reel-worthy save on UNH's Ara Nazarian and two goals from junior Michael Kim propelled the Eagles.

Kim's second goal of the game 8:21 into the third period proved to be the game-winner. The Eagles captain scored on a rebound shot to break a 2-2 deadlock.

Wildcats freshman Eric MacAdams scored his first collegiate goal at the 7:30 mark of the second period behind a stellar individual effort to give UNH a 2-1 advantage.

Boston College answered MacAdams' tally 2:01 later with a power-play goal from Kim to tie the game at 2-2.

UNH forward Chris Miller, a junior from Windham, opened the game's scoring 4:30 into the contest when he scored on a low shot from the slot.

Boston College sophomore David Cotton shot around a UNH skater and scored 1:49 into the second period to knot the score at 1-1.

SNHU 8, Assumption 5: At Hooksett, senior Timothy Baylis scored a pair of goals Saturday, including a late insurance marker, for SNHU.

Senior Chris Moquin of Hooksett tallied a goal and an assist while classmate Matt McLelland, junior Artem Efimov-Barakov and sophomores Brett Strawn and Brian O'Callaghan turned in two-assist efforts.


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