BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's cross country team topped all Little East Conference teams two weeks ago by winning its second conference title in two years. In the final meet of the season Saturday at the New England Division III Championships at Bowdoin College, the Warriors again outran their conference competitors with a 29th-place showing in an overall field of 54 teams.
Among 384 individual competitors over 6,000 meters, Eastern was the first LEC team finisher, outrunning Plymouth State University (30th), Castleton University (31st), UMass Dartmouth (33rd), University of Southern Maine (46th) and Western Connecticut (53rd).
Junior Sylvia Lawrence (Woodstock), fifth at the LEC Championships, led Eastern and was second among all LEC runners at the finish Saturday, followed by seniors Samara Johnson (Lebanon) and Maggie Dulak (Northford), LEC Rookie-of-the-Year Keara Fontaine (North Kingstown, RI), and sophomore Maggie Santacroce (Bristol). Rounding out the team's seven competing runners were freshman Kailey Schmarr (Southington) and senior Rachel Osak (Portland).
Lawrence scored 120 points with an overall finish of 120th, with Johnson scoring 164 (169th overall), Dulak 171 (176th overall), Fontaine 194 (200th overall), and Santacroce 200 (206th overall). Schmarr was 208th overall and Osak 245th. Lawrence was timed in 23:47, Johnson 24:31, Dulak 24:39, Fontaine 24:59, Santacroce 25:07, Schmarr 25:10 and Osak 25:59.
Neither Lawrence nor Santacroce competed as one of the team's top seven runners in this meet a year ago.
At right: Sylvia Lawrence (Photo courtesy of Frank Poulin)