WATERFORD, Conn. – Freshman Meredith Cronin (Foxboro, Mass.) led the Connecticut College women's cross country program to a 10th-place finish among 21 scoring teams in its home invitational at a rain-soaked Harkness Memorial State Park on Saturday morning.
Middlebury, which is ranked ninth in the latest USTFCCCA national poll, won the team championship by finishing 12 points ahead of runner-up Tufts. Coast Guard freshman Kaitlyn Mooney, who has not lost a race this season, won the individual crown by circling the 6,000-meter circuit in 21:35.8 and nearly 20 seconds ahead of the remainder of the field.
Cronin, who has been the top Camel finisher throughout the fall, hit the tape 33rd overall in 23:40.6 to lead the way for the host school. Junior Eva Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished second on the squad in 24:00.4, which was good for 50th overall, while senior Grace Sheeran (Medina, Wash.) was 55th in 24:08.4. Freshman Tarvis Hintlian (Winchester, Mass.) and senior Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) completed the team's top five by hitting the tape in times of 24:29.7 and 24:33.9, respectively.
In addition, the race featured a Connecticut College alumni squad which was 10 members strong. Bella Franz, who finished 101st individually at the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, paced the group by navigating the course in 23:19.9.
Connecticut College will next compete at the Plansky Invitational hosted by Williams on Saturday, Oct. 21 in its final tuneup before the NESCAC Championships.
Final Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Middlebury 36; 2. Tufts 48; 3. RPI 138; 4. Trinity 144; 5. New Paltz State 171; 6. Brandeis 185; 7. Plattsburgh State 189; 8. Coast Guard 214; 9. Ramapo 231; 10. Connecticut College 240.
Connecticut College Results (6k)
33. Meredith Cronin 23:40.6; 50. Eva Brydson 24:00.4; 55. Grace Sheeran 24:08.4; 77. Tarvis Hintlian 24:29.7; 82. Micaela Nee 24:33.9; 118. Hannah Noyes 25:11.6; 136. Caitlin Teare 25:34.6; 168. Elizabeth Hensley 26:12.4; 222. Jamie Dee 27.35.4; 225. Amelia Crawford 27:43; 241. Riley Peragine 28:27.1; 246. Diana Boyer 28:56.7; 252. Callahan Wilde 29:19.2; 253. Miya Cohen 29:23.3; 255. Leila Alfaro 29:28.8; 263. Aliah Murray 30:17.