Curran Qualifies for NCAA Cross Country Championship for Camels

Curran Qualifies for NCAA Cross Country Championship for Camels

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.--Connecticut College sophomore Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. has qualified for the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championship.

Curran set a personal record on the 6k course at Mount Greylock High School, posting a time of 22:16 en route to an 11th place finish.

The Camels placed 11th in the 57 team field with a score of 360 points.

Curran garnered All-New England honors for placing in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championship today.

She will travel with Head Coach Ned Bishop to the Golf Center at King's Island Resort in Mason, Ohio for next Saturday's NCAA Championship that will be hosted by Wilmington College.

Curran is the first Camel women's cross country runner to qualify for nationals since 2002.

Ironically, Curran is the first Camel to garner All-New England honors since former Camel captain Jill Sergi '09, another resident of Franklin did so in back to back seasons from 2007-2008.

"I tried to stay with two Middlebury runners but the group I started with took off on me," Curran said. "I'm super excited right now and happy for the whole team's accomplishments today."

Bishop was pleased with Curran's run and is looking forward to next week's championship.

"Ashley just went for it right from the beginning," Bishop said. "She just went for it. She was running right at the back of the lead pack from the start and held that position throughout the race and looked really good doing it. We are very proud of her."

Junior Emily Winter (Easton, Conn.) finished in 60th place with a time of 23:27. Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) was the 80th Camel to complete the course in 23:51. Sophomore Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) posted a time of 24:11 en route to her 94th place run.

Junior Nicole Adam (Cheshire, Conn.) checked in with a time of 24:28 in 115th place. Grace Sheeran (Medina, Wash.) finished in 116th place with a time of 24:30. Alex Fromme (Carlsbad, Calif.) was the 181st runner with a time of 25:24.

MIT placed four of its runner among the top eight to win the regional crown. Middlebury College placed second with a score of 65 points while the host Ephs took home third place with a score of 95 points.