Women’s Cross Country Places Second at America East Championship; Maguire Wins Individual Title

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) cruised to a first-place finish and two other Wildcats placed inside the top-10 as the University of New Hampshire women's cross country team finished runner-up at the America East Championship Saturday morning at College Woods.

UNH finished with 46 total points to earn runner-up for the third-straight season, while Stony Brook captured its sixth-straight title with 37 points. The UNH women's program continued its string of excellence as the team has now placed inside the top three in 16 of the past 17 seasons.

Maguire completed the 5-kilometer course in a time of 16:33.48, just two seconds shy of the course record. She became the second runner in school history to capture the top individual honor and the first since Cathy Parker won it all during the 2006 season. Maguire placed fourth overall at last year's conference meet.

Junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, Mass.) and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) crossed the finish line at sixth and 10th, respectively, in times of 17:02.88 and 17:21.26. UNH has placed three runners in the top-10 at the last two conference championship meets.

Sophomore Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) placed 14th in a time of 17:29.19, while junior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) was right behind in 15th-place at 17:33.55 to round out the Wildcat scorers.

Juniors Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) placed 18th and 20th, respectively, in times of 17:39.00 and 17:40.81.

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 9 for the NCAA East Regional at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn.

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