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Smithfield, RI—Bryant’s Eimear Black (Glengormley, Ireland/Dominican College Fitzwilliam) captured her first career NEC Women’s Cross Country Championship title in a course record time of 17:34 to earn Outstanding Performer Honors, while Quinnipiac won its eighth consecutive team title. The eight-year championship reign is the longest current streak in any NEC-sponsored sport and is now the longest streak in league annals.
Black, last year’s second place finisher as a sophomore, led a field of 160 harriers the entire way through the Bryant University course. Her time broke a course record of 18:00 set on Sept. 9.
Senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT/North Branford)of Sacred Heart took second place with a time 17:47 to once again earn NEC-All Conference accolades while Quinnipiac’s Becca White (Natick, MA/Natick) was close behind in third place with a time of 17:51. Sacred Heart’s Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY/Commack) was fourth, running to a time of 17:56, and Bryant’s Martha Reynolds (London, England) rounded out the top five, finishing with a time of 18:10.
The Bulldogs’ Annmarie Tuxbury, a three-time NEC Rookie of the Week, joined her two teammates in the top-10, finishing in ninth (18:27) to take home NEC Freshman of the Year honors.
Sacred Heart took home the runners-up team trophy with 54 points. Bryant finished third with 82 points while Monmouth (117) and Central Connecticut (140) rounded out the top-five. Mount St. Mary’s took the sixth spot with 163 points, Robert Morris was seventh with 167 and Wagner was eight with 202. Saint Francis (PA) (217), St. Francis (NY) (242) and Fairleigh Dickinson (314) round out the 11-team field.
Jessica Soja placed seventh (18:19), Morgan Roche was right behind in eighth (18:25) and Brianna Faust placed 12th (18:29) to join White on the All-Conference team. Monmouth seniors Amanda Eller and Kelsey Maher took 10th and 11th, respectively, to run to a spot on the NEC-All Conference squad. Central Connecticut’s Krisztina Dearborn placed 13th and Elizabeth Eberhardt was 14th to round out the All-Conference honorees.
2012 Women’s Cross Country All-Conference Team
1 Black, Eimear JR Bryant 6:11.2 17:34.29 1
2 Selmquist, Alyssa SR Sacred Heart 6:15.7 17:47.32 2
3 White, Rebecca SR Quinnipiac 6:17.4 17:51.99 3
4 Castrogivanni, Brianna JR Sacred Heart 6:19.1 17:56.88 4
5 Reynolds, Martha JR Bryant 6:24.0 18:10.92 5
6 Navarro, Michelle SR Sacred Heart 6:25.6 18:15.35 6
7 Soja, Jessica JR Quinnipiac 6:27.2 18:19.81 7
8 Roche, Morgan SR Quinnipiac 6:29.0 18:25.06 8
9 Tuxbury, Annmarie FR Bryant 6:29.9 18:27.47 9
10 Maher, Kelsey SR Monmouth 6:29.9 18:27.64 10
11 Eller, Amanda SR Monmouth 6:29.9 18:27.69 11
12 Faust, Brianna JR Quinnipiac 6:30.4 18:29.10 12
13 Dearborn, Krisztina JR Central Connecticut 6:32.2 18:34.05 13
14 Eberhardt, Elizabeth JR Central Connecticut 6:32.6 18:35.20 14
Outstanding Performer: Eimear Black, Bryant
NEC Freshman of the Year: Annmarie Tuxbury, Bryant