WATERFORD, Conn. – The Worcester State University women's cross country team took 12th place of 21 teams at the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday afternoon on the 6K course.
October 7, 2017
Connecticut College Invitational
Harkness Memorial State Park
TOP-10 TEAM SCORES
1st Place: Middlebury (36)
2nd Place: Tufts (48)
3rd Place: RPI (138)
4th Place: Trinity (144)
5th Place: New Paltz St. (171)
6th Place: Brandeis (185)
7th Place: Plattsburgh St. (189)
8th Place: Coast Guard (214)
9th Place: Ramapo (231)
10th Place: Connecticut College
11th Place: Springfield (333)
12th Place: Worcester State (357)
WORCESTER STATE TOP-7
16th Place: Mia Rogers (23:08.8)
93rd Place: Julia Carrier (24:48.6)
95th Place: Justine Murdocca (24:49.9)
131st Place: Elisabeth Olson (25:29.3)
144th Place: Courtney Guay (25:45.6)
156th Place: Riley Shaughnessy (26:03.4)
166th Place: Kelsey Bedard (26.11.1)
Coast Guard's Kaitlyn Mooney won the race with a time of 21:35.8, while Middlebury took the team title with a team score of 36 as five Middlebury runners placed in the top-10. Worcester State's first runner to cross the finish line was Mia Rogers (North Dighton, Mass.) as she finished the 6K race in a time of 23:08.8. Worcester State's Julia Carrier (Oxford, Mass.) and Justine Murdocca (Milford, Mass.) were the next two Lancers to finish as they came in 93rd and 95th of 273 runners competing. Elisabeth Olson (Wilmington, Mass.) came in 131st place, and Courtney Guay (Londonderry, N.H.) was not far behind at 156th place. Riley Shaughnessy (New Bedford, Mass.) and Kelsey Bedard (Leominster, Mass.) wrapped up the top-7 for Worcester State.
Head coach Gary Jusseaume commented on Rogers' performance, "Neither heavy rain nor a sloppy course deterred Mia from attacking this race with many of the best runners in the Northeast. The game plan was to run a solid race in preparation for the MASCAC Conference championships later this month. Her race was tactically sound and her performance better than expected."
"Carrier and Murdocca each ran an excellent race, pushing and pulling each other through the final third of the race, the scratching out a strong finishing kick," said Jusseaume. "Guay ran what I believe is her best race of the season to date. She's regained much racing self-confidence which makes her key player ready to add much sought after depth to the team come the conference meet."
"Our team race focus for today's meet was two-pronged," said Jusseaume. "Some ran the race at best effort, while others focused upon using the race to work on tactics and as a strong workout. This approach best prepares us for the training regimen leading to the conference championship."
The cross country team will take a week off next week to prepare for the MASCAC Championships that will be hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park on Saturday, October 28.