NEW BRITAIN, Conn.-- Sophomore Catherine Parker (Westford, Mass.) was the individual champion of the Third Annual Ted Owens Cross Country Invitational to lead a group of six Wildcats in the top 10 and the University of New Hampshire women's cross country team to a first-place finish Saturday afternoon at Stanley Quarter Park.
UNH finished with 28 points to easily defeat the University of Connecticut (50 points), University of Rhode Island (58), host Central Connecticut State (103) and Fairfield University (147).
Parker ran the 5K course in 18 minutes, 9 seconds to distance herself from runner-up Jillian Sullivan of UConn by 12 seconds. Junior Emily Mareb (Great Barrington, R.I.) was the first of a trio of Wildcats who placed fifth through seventh. Her time of 18:39 edged senior co-captain Jen Busse (Brookline, N.H.) by two seconds and Heather Carmichael (Windsor, Vt.), another senior, finished in seventh place at 19:01.
Ashley Vance (Mancehster, N.H.), a junior, was timed in 19:05 to complete the Wildcat scoring with a ninth-place finish and senior co-captain Chelsea Corr (East Greenbush, N.Y.) crossed the finish line one second later for 10th place.
The UNH women's cross country team returns to action Sept. 24 at the Iona Meet of Champions, and some of the student-athletes will compete at the University of Maine Freshman-Sophomore Meet.