GORHAM, Maine. – After going at least 25 years without finishing in the top half of the NCAA Division III New England Regional Cross Country Championships, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's team placed in the top 50 percent of the field for the second straight season Saturday.
Over the 3.73 mile course at the Gorham Country Club, the Warriors closed out the 2017 season with a 27th-place finish among 56 scoring teams, placing in the top 48 percent and topping a field of five competing Little East Conference institutions.
Competing in the regional for the fourth straight season, senior Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) of the men's team turned in another top performance, running to a finish of 138 in a field of 370 (top 37 percent) in a time of 27:54 over 4.97 miles. Running the regionals for the second time, junior Ryan Adams (Manchester) posted an overall finish of 313 (33:11). The Warriors did not have the minimum number of competitors (five) to score points as a team in the men's meet.
Placing 23d overall in a field of 59 teams last year (top 39 percent), the women's team finished in the top half of the field for the second straight year Saturday, leading a group of five LEC teams with 872 points.. Among the LEC teams, Plymouth State University was 29th (904 points), Keene State College 32nd (951), Rhode Island College 32nd (960), UMass Dartmouth 37th (1060), and University of Southern Maine 41st (1092). The Warriors were coming off their first LEC championship in their last outing Oct. 28, edging runner-up Plymouth by eight points.
Juniors Samantha McKosky (Deep River) and Haley Knox (Bristol) led the Warriors at the finish line, placing 121st and 136th overall – just eight seconds apart – with times of 23:40 and 23:48, respectively. Senior Amanda Terenzi (Coventry, RI) was Eastern's third runner, placing a solid 170th in a time of 24:10, with senior Ariel Smith (Stratford) 217th (24:51), sophomore Rachel Osak (Portland) 243rd (25:10), senior Kassandrah Banks (Wethersfield) 251st (25:22) and freshman Sylvia Lawrence (Woodstock) 252nd (25:22). Traditionally the team's No. 1 runner, Banks peaked at last month's LEC Championships, where her second-place finish equaled the best in that race in program history.