WESTFIELD, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's cross country programs finished 11th and 14th, respectively, at the 15-school Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Sunday in Stanley Park. Stonehill College's nationally-ranked teams - the men are 15th in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll while the women stand 23rd - won both titles.
During the men's race, Saint Michael's totaled 378 points to claim 11th place, holding off 12th-place Saint Anselm College (384) and the 13th-place University of New Haven (387) by narrow margins. In a meet won by Stonehill with 44 points, the Purple Knights finished one spot better than during the 2016 NE10 Championship.
Sophomore Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) was 78th in 27:58 during the 8K, while classmate Tim DeCosta (Barnstable, Mass./Barnstable) clocked in at 28:53 to match the PR he set on the same course 15 days ago. Junior Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School) PRed for the fourth straight meet in 28:58, and classmate David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) notched a 29:11 time as his team's fourth finisher.
First-year Christopher Bittel (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) recorded a personal best for the fourth straight race at 30:52, and sophomore Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) clocked in at 32:09. Junior Lance Reynolds (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) was his team's seventh finisher, notching a PR at his fourth consecutive competition. He and Baird both took part in their third career NE10 Championship, DeCosta and Jeter raced in their second, and the other three made their debuts.
The Purple Knight women totaled 295 points, trailing 13th-place Southern Connecticut State University by 10 points. The College of Saint Rose (270) was 12th, Franklin Pierce University (267) took 11th and Adelphi University (264) placed 10th to edge out Saint Michael's, while Stonehill won with 39 points.
Sophomore Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) finished 38th during the 6K in 23:29, while senior Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) placed 67th at 24:24, shattering her PR by 55 seconds. Sophomore Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) was 72nd in 24:41 during her first collegiate 6K, and junior Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) took 84th at 25:18.
Senior Leah Seften (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) rounded out her team's top five in 91st at 25:34, trimming her PR by 19 seconds during her fourth career NE10 Championship, and sophomore Sam Rossi (Wilton, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) clocked in at 26:12 to drop 46 ticks from her prior personal best. Senior Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) was the seventh Purple Knight to finish, cutting 41 seconds off of her PR at 26:17. Calder and Withers both took part in their third career league meet, Barnes, French and Rossi ran in their second, and Koukos competed in her first.
Each team's top seven runners head to the NCAA East Regional Championship on Nov. 4 in Amherst, N.Y. The women's race begins at 11 a.m. and the men kick off at 12:15 p.m.