Women's cross country fourth at qualifier

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 15, 2008

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --- The Colby College women’s cross country team is likely headed to the NCAA Division III Championships after placing fourth at the NCAA New England Cross Country Qualifier on Saturday at Mount Greylock High School.

Middlebury College and Williams College automatically qualified for the NCAA meet by finishing first and second Saturday. The Mules have a good chance of getting a team at-large bid Sunday when the field is announced. The NCAA took the top five teams from the New England region last year. The national meet is next Saturday at Hanover College in Indiana.

Cassi Knight placed 12th out of 330 finishers in a time of 23 minutes, 11.7 seconds over the 6,000-meter course to lead Colby. Katrina Gravel was 16th in 23:24.0 and Emma Linhard placed 23rd in 23:42.0.

Middlebury had a score of 57 to easily win the event over Williams (82), MIT (161), Colby (170), and Amherst (174) in the 49-team field.

The Mules placed all seven runners in the top 70. Jennifer MacDowell took 57th in 24:38.1, Hannah Taska was 62nd in 24:40.6, Nora McCall placed 68th in 24:48.0, and Devan FitzPatrick was 70th in 24:53.0.

Elise Tropiano of Amherst won the women’s race in 21:49.3.

The Mules placed 11th in the country at last year’s NCAA meet. Colby was fifth nationally after the 2004 and 2005 seasons under head coach Deb Aitken.

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