PAXTON, Mass. – The Worcester State University women's cross country team won its first-ever Worcester City Meet team title in the 34 years the women have met, as the Lancers' junior Mia Rogers (N. Dighton, Mass.) won the race with a personal course record of 19:20 Saturday morning at Moore State Park.
September 23, 2017
Moore State Park
Worcester City Meet
1st Place: Worcester State (22)
2nd Place: Clark University (48)
3rd Place: WPI (70)
4th Place: Lesley University (108)
5th Place: Fitchburg State University (121)
6th Place: Anna Maria (167)
WORCESTER STATE TOP-7
1th Place, Mia Rogers (19:20)
2nd Place, Julia Carrier (20:57)
4th Place, Justine Murdocca (21:04)
6th Place, Kelsey Bedard (21:17)
10th Place, Riley Shaughnessy (21:33)
17th Place, Emily Dickson (22:17)
18th Place, Amanda Gervy (22:17)
Worcester State's Rogers sets her new personal record with a time of 19:20, as she completed the 5K run with a first place finish Saturday in Paxton. She also was the winner of last year's Worcester City Meet with a time of 19:38. Just one spot behind her came teammate Julia Carrier (Oxford, Mass.) in second place with a time of 20:57. Clark University senior Kristen Glennie (Standish, Maine) came in just one second behind Carrier, leaving her with third place in the race. Justine Murdocca (Milford, Mass.), a senior from Worcester State was just a few seconds behind Glennie, setting her own personal
course record with a time of 21:04. Other notables for Worcester State include a 6th place finish by Kelsey Bedard (Leominster, Mass.) and a 10th place finish by Riley Shaughnessy (New Bedford, Mass.). Head coach Gary Jusseaume was thrilled with the results of the Worcester City Run, and was very proud at how the Lancers competed for their first ever Worcester City meet title.
"The team effort in today was excellent," said Jusseaume. "We prepared well this past week leading up to this meet. It's cleat the freshmen weren't intimidated by this tough course as they upped their competitive attitudes and ran strong personal course records."
The coach also spoke very highly of his runners directly. "Mia (Rogers) ran a tentative initial mile, then went into race mode. She ran the final mile by herself setting a new personal meet record by 12 seconds."
"Freshman Julia Carrier raced to a second place finish today. She pressed the pace the entire race and finished with a long finishing kick. Julia turned the corner in training and racing and now competes as would a seasoned veteran," believed Jusseasume.
"Justine (Murdocca) cruised to a 35 second personal meet performance record. Her hard work and dedication underscore a strong desire for personal success," said Jusseasume.
"Kelsey (Bedard) ran her best race of the year today," mentioned Jusseaume. "Her final 200-meter sprint to the finish was perfectly executed and devastating."
The Lancers will rest next week and return to competition on Oct. 7 when Worcester State University will travel to Westfield State University to take part in the James Early Invitational.
Release written by Collin Quinn | Sports Information Intern