LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Finishing with an impressive five top-15 performances in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Cross Country Championship, the Eagles took second overall with a team effort of 48 points.
SUNY Delhi lived up to the pre-championship coaches poll prediction and ran to the 2019 NAC Championship title with 29 team points behind five top-15 times. Broncos first-year runner Sophie Stewart (23:38.3) finished in third place overall, and was the fastest rookie in the race. Second-place team Husson scored 48 points, also with five runners among the top fifteen. UMaine-Farmington finished third overall with 68 points, led by individual champion senior Katie LeBlanc's winning time of 22:06.4 in the 5K race.
Northern Vermont-Lyndon, led by second-place finisher Zosia Prince (22:59.4), scored 124 points for a fourth-place finish, followed by UMaine-Presque Isle (132) in fifth, Northern Vermont-Johnson (144) in sixth, and SUNY Canton (184) in seventh.
Thomas College and Maine Maritime Academy had individual runners in the race but did not achieve team scores.
Flocking in as a pack, four Eagles finished within 20 seconds of each other as the teammates motivated each other to keep pushing and step up their pace, as they all finished in 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. For her third consecutive NAC Championship race, senior Lindsey Joliat crossed the tape in front of her teammates for the best time in seventh overall (24:25.9). Also consistently in the lead, rookie Payton Goodwin achieved a 24:34.7 time in the 5K to beat out nearly 60 other runners. Joining Joliat and Goodwin in the convocation of Eagles were, Isabelle Jackson and Norah Garvey striding in one second apart for marks of 24:41.0 and 24:42.6.
Not too far behind, Destiny Anair rounded out the top-five scoring times for Husson in 14th for an official time of 25:34.6 on the Vermont course.
The top fifteen runners receive All-Conference honors, with the top eight on the First Team and the next seven runners on the Second Team. Complete All-Conference honors will be announced on Wednesday, November 6th.
The Husson women will prepare for one final competition of the 2019 season when they travel to Bowdoin College for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship on Saturday, November 16th.