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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 4, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Katrina Gravel (Peabody, Mass.) and Cassi Knight (Carlisle, Mass.) each earned New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country All-Conference honors Wednesday.
Gravel and Knight each made the second team after finishing in the top 14. The top seven runners earned first team honors. Gravel took 10th place in 22 minutes, 31 seconds over the 6-kilometer course, while Knight placed 13th in 22:38 in her first race of the season after coming back from an injury.
Gravel has been the consistent number one runner for the Mules this season. She won the State of Maine women's title at Colby a few weeks ago and was 77th at the Open New England meet. Gravel also has been Colby's top runner in meets at Williams and University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Gravel placed in 19th at the NESCAC meet a year ago.
Knight, the top runner for the Mules a year ago, made her first race of the year count by earning all-league honors. She was the top Colby runner at last year's conference meet while taking 17th place. Knight later took 36th at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Colby will compete at the ECAC Championships at Williams College this Saturday. The Mules then compete in the New England Region NCAA Qualifier on November 14 at Twin Brook in Cumberland, Maine.
2009 NESCAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference
First Team: Sophia Galleher, Amherst; Jennifer Gossels, Williams; Julia Mark, Wesleyan; Claire McIlvennie, Middlebury; Elise Moody-Roberts, Middlebury; Ravenna Neville, Wesleyan; Amy Wilfert, Tufts
Second Team: Annie Dear, Williams; Lauren Goldstein-Kral, Williams; Katrina Gravel, Colby; Cassi Knight, Colby; Sarah Lange, Middlebury; Brett Scofield, Williams; Addie Tousley, Middlebury
Most Outstanding Performer: Sophia Galleher, Amherst; Rookie of the Year: Julia Mark, Wesleyan; Coach of the Year: Terry Aldrich, Middlebury