Women's Cross Country Places Sixth at CCC Championships

Women's Cross Country Places Sixth at CCC Championships

BRISTOL, R.I. (October 31, 2015) -
The Western New England University women's cross country team raced to a sixth place finish at the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships earlier today, hosted by Roger Williams University at Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I.

Western New England compiled a team score of 172 on its way to sixth place in the eight team field. The University of New England placed all five of its scoring runners inside the top-ten and claimed the team title with a score of 22, while Salve Regina University (51) and Gordon College (88) rounded out the top-three. UNE junior Tiana Thomas captured the individual title, completing the six-kilometer course in 21:55.31.

Freshman Meagan Dias (Ludlow, Mass.) led the way for the Golden Bears, capping her impressive rookie campaign with an 18th place finish in 24:18.13. Dias also paced Western New England the last two times the team competed, turning in a ninth-place effort at the Golden Bears' home meet on October 17th and finishing 49th the weekend before at the Westfield State James Earley Invitational.

Sophomore Kathleen Silveira (Plainfield, Conn.) was the second Golden Bear to cross the finish line, placing 45th in the field of 126 runners and clocking in with a time of 25:36.62. Senior Hailie Laviolette (Palmer, Mass.) came in two spots after Silveira, finishing 47th in 25:47.13, while junior Amy Grindle (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and freshman Kaitlin Armstrong (Bolton, Conn.) rounded out Western New England's five scoring runners, placing 64th (26:23.01) and 65th (26:39.89), respectively.

Junior Rachel Duda (Clinton, Conn.) finished 79th overall, earning a time of 27:17.24, and sophomore Bailey Maus (Durham, Conn.) followed in 91st (28:30.56). Also competing for Western New England was sophomore Ashley Benedict (East Moriches, N.Y.), freshman Hilary Laviolette, graduate student Hadiatou Barry (New York, N.Y.), and sophomore Emmalee Perez (Springfield, Mass.).