MASON, Ohio.--Connecticut College sophomore Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. posted a time of 23:10 to finish in 90th place at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship hosted by Wilmington College at the Golf Center at King's Island Resort.
Curran made history as the first Connecticut College women's cross country runner to earn an invitation to the national championship since 2002.
Course conditions played a major factor in slowing the runner's down. A snow storm that occurred earlier in the week created a lot of mud, especially after the men ran ahead of the women in their Championship.
Connecticut College Head Women's Cross Country Coach and Head Track & Field Coach Ned Bishop was pleased with Curran's effort at her first national championship.
"Ashley was agressive today and went right for it," Coach Bishop said. "That's what you have to do and she did a really nice job. She really enjoyed the experience and we are looking forward to bringing her teammates with her next time instead of just doing this herself."
Curran enjoyed spending the weekend in the Buckeye State and appreciates the support of her teammates.
"It was so much fun to run for Connecticut College today," Curran said. "It was really muddy. We were slipping around everywhere. But it was just an awesome experience and I really want to do it again with the whole team."
At the New England Division III Championship last week, 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.
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.