Five out of seven isn’t bad.
Not when counting New England Cross Country Championships, anyways.
After missing out on it last year, the University of New Hampshire’s women’s cross-country team took back the New England Inter-Collegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) title at Franklin Park in Boston last Saturday.
Exeter’s Shannon Murdock finished first overall by setting a personal best 5K time of 17 minutes, 36.7 seconds to become the program’s first individual New England cross-country champion since Elinor Purrier achieved the feat in 2014.
“I’m very pleased with this team doing what they’re doing,” head coach Robert Hoppler said in a news release. “I think this team is really doing a great job to committing to what we’re doing in training and executing that on race day.
“It was impressive for Shannon (Murdock) to get up front and race the way she did. She worked very hard this summer and this race was indicative of that.”
Nottingham’s Elisabeth Danis wasn’t too far behind in fifth place, finishing in 17:58.1 to secure her fastest 5K time as a Wildcat. Bedford’s Caroline Mahoney ended 24th with a time of 18:31.6.
The Wildcats previously won the NEICAAA championship in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The team competes next on Friday at the Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet.
Enfield’s Jones named GNAC Runner of the Week
Finishing with a personal best 8K time of 26:34.95 at last Saturday’s James Earley Invitational at Westfield State University, Colby-Sawyer’s Ben Jones of Enfield was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after placing 12th out of 206 runners.
His performance helped lead the Chargers to a ninth-place finish at the meet.
Charlestown’s Utton doubles up on honors
Colby-Sawyer’s Zoe Utton earned both Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner and Rookie of the Week on Monday.
It was her second time this season being named Rookie of the Week.
This time she was honored for setting a personal best 5K time of 19:00.29 at the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State University last Saturday, a race she finished 10th out of 223 runners to help Colby-Sawyer place seventh as a team.
Tamworth’s Bowles gets LEC Runner of the Week
Plymouth State University’s Kim Bowles was named Little East Conference Runner of the Week on Monday after setting a personal record 19:35.23 at the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State.
It was the second straight week Bowles set a PR in the 5K and it was good enough for a 24th place finish as she ran the second-fastest time among LEC competitors. She has now been the top Panthers finisher in all four of the team’s races this fall, and Saturday’s effort helped PSU place 12th as a team.
Hillsboro’s Warren named GNAC Rookie of the Week
Izabella Warren received Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week honors on Monday for her performances in Simmons College wins over Emmanuel College and Norwich University.
Warren, who graduated from Hillsboro-Deering High School last year, started the week by scoring the game-winning goal with 4:31 remaining in overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 win over Emmanuel. She followed that up later in the week with her first collegiate multi-goal performance, scoring two at Norwich.
The freshman leads Simmons with five goals and 10 points this season and ranks 13th in the conference in goal scored, including second among rookies.
Henniker’s Rothdiener gets All-American honors
NHTI golfer Ryan Rothdienar was named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-American First Team. The Henniker resident tied for third individually with a score of 71 and helped the Lynx finished in a tie for 11th at the USCAA National Championships. He owned an average score of 76.5 heading into the tournament.
St. A field hockey players selected for Senior Game
Three members of the nationally ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team have been selected to participate in the Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Division II Senior Game on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Millersville (Pa.) University.
Seniors Anna Drakeley, Hannah Friend and Kaeleigh Lord of Keene will represent Saint Anselm. This year, the Division II Senior Game will take place in conjunction with the NCAA Division II field hockey championship at Millersville.