Golden Bears Capture Elms Blazer Classic

Ashley Benedict finished 16th overall as Western New England captured the Elms Blazer Classic on Saturday. (Photo by Doug Steinbock)
Ashley Benedict finished 16th overall as Western New England captured the Elms Blazer Classic on Saturday. (Photo by Doug Steinbock)

Lewis places second overall with time of 25:56

CHICOPEE, Mass. (September 22, 2018) – The Western New England University women's cross country team placed four runners inside the top ten en route to a first place finish at the Elms College Blazer Classic on Saturday morning at Chicopee Memorial State Park.

The Golden Bears posted a team score of 28 to top the six-team field, while Johnson & Wales (37) and Elms (80) rounded out the top three.

Western New England sophomore Samantha Lewis (Goffstown, N.H.) was the top scoring runner, as she placed second overall with a time of 25:56 on the six-kilometer course.

Senior Meagan Dias (Ludlow, Mass.) and junior Brooke Townsend (Portland, Conn.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 48-runner field. Dias posted a time of 26:03, while Townsend clocked in at 26:12.

Senior Kaitlin Armstrong (Bolton, Conn.) earned a time of 27:07, good for seventh overall, and Ashley Benedict (East Moriches, N.Y.) finished 16th in 29:15.

Up Next
Western New England will be off next weekend before returning to action on Saturday, October 6 at Westfield State's James Earey Invitational.