Laurence Leads Camels at ECAC Championship

Laurence Leads Camels at ECAC Championship

BRISTOL, R.I. –The Connecticut College women's cross country team visited the Ocean State Saturday to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championship hosted by Roger Williams University at Colt State Park.

On the heels of their seventh place finish at the NESCAC Championship, the Camels catapulted all the way up to #8 in the New England poll. Connecticut College had another strong showing Saturday, placing 18th in the 56 team field with a score of 557 points.

Middlebury College placed four of its runners among the top 10 to win the ECAC Crown with a total of 30 points. Williams College (54), Tufts University (111) and Amherst (164) finished 2-4.

Sophomore Anna Laurence (Newton, Mass.) posted a time of 24:54 on the 6k course to lead the Camels in 77th place.  Junior co-captain Heather Rochford (Red Bank, N.J.) was the second Camel to complete the course Saturday in 99th place with a time of 25:18.  Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) finished in 118th place with a time of 25:39.

Junior Anna Curtis-Heald (Cumberland Foreside, Maine) was next with a time of 25:49 in 129th place for the Camels. Ellen Babbott (Mission Hills, Kan.) posted a time of 26:03 to finish in 140th place.  Senior Sarah Huckins (Henniker, N.H.) was the 141st finisher with a time of 26:03.

Marisa Shields (Norwalk, Conn.) was the seventh Camel scorer in 157th place with a time of 26:21.

Head Coach Ned Bishop was pleased with the team's effort and noted that the Camels moved up three places from last year's finish.

The Camels will visit the University of Southern Maine next Saturday to compete in the New England Division III Championship.