BOTH THE men’s and women’s cross country teams at the University of New Hampshire have been making moves in recent weeks.
Following a 10th place team finish at the Coast to Coast Invitational in Boston, the women have gone from No. 13 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Northeast regional rankings to No. 11, making them the highest ranked America East team.
The men climbed into the top 15 for the first time since 2015 thanks to a 15th-place finish at the Coast to Coast, ranking No. 13 in the Northeast Region.
Both teams are littered with New Hampshire runners, too.
Chester’s Nicolas Sevilla-Connelly, who is a Pinkerton Academy of Derry graduate, was the top finisher for the Wildcat men at the Coast to Coast, completing the 8K course in 25 minutes, 10.2 seconds, finishing 40th with a personal record.
Deerfield’s Forest MacKenzie also ran well, finishing in 25:20.5 for 50th place. MacKenzie, who is a freshman, went into that race coming off America East Performer of the Week honors for his first-place finish (25:45) in a dual meet with Maine. It was his first collegiate time in a race longer than a 5K as the men’s course at Maine is an 8K.
The men went on to sweep the Black Bears, as did the women.
Concord’s Michaella Conery finished the 5.12K course in 19:10, which was nearly two full minutes better than her previous best of 21:00 set in 2017.
Conery came in second place, while Chester’s Morgan Sansing finished fourth in 19:15. She improved on her last Maine dual meet, which she ran in 20:09.
After a week off, both teams will be back at it Oct. 5 at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
Field hockey showdown
Undefeated and fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College will begin its October slate of games with a visit to No. 8 Southern New Hampshire University.
The Hawks enter Tuesday’s game dominating on both sides of the ball, with the proof their 22-0 scoring margin through six games.
Keene’s Kaeleigh Lord has played a huge role in keeping Saint Anselm’s foes off the board and earned NE10 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17.
Since transferring from Sacred Heart in 2017, Lord has led a defense that owns two of the top four goals-against averages in single-season team history.
The defense is a big reason why the Hawks have earned their top five ranking in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, but it will be tested against a Penmen offense that ranks first in goals per game (4.71).
SNHU’s 33 goals are by far the most in Division II. They are nine more than second-place Bellarmine University of Louisville, Ky., and 11 more than Saint Anselm.
Derry’s Taylor Marchman has contributed to that cause with three goals scored in seven games, ranking her fifth on the team in that category.
The game is at 6 p.m.
Peyton McBride received women’s soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week honors in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Monday.
The Manchester product is a junior forward at Smith College and registered five points in a 2-0 week, assisting on the game-winning goal Sept. 18 at Eastern Connecticut and scoring both goals in the Pioneers’ 2-1 win over Wellesley.
Rooney named captain
Becca Rooney was named captain of the women’s track and field team at Bucknell University for both the winter and spring seasons on Wednesday.
The senior from Bedford has become a staple in the Bison’s success in recent years, which include contributions to multiple Patriot League championships.
Rooney was a part of the 4x400 team that placed first at this past January’s Gulden Invitational hosted by Bucknell with a time of 4 minutes, 4 seconds. She also finished second in the 400, running that in 59.50 seconds.