WATERFORD, Conn.--Junior Ashley Curran of Franklin, Mass. posted a time of 21:41 en route to her fourth place finish to lead Connecticut College at their home invitational at Harkness State Park Saturday.
Curran's time was the fastest ever for a Camel women's harrier on a 6000 meter course. She earned All-Invitational honors for her efforts.
The Camels placed seventh as a team with a score of 220 points.
Fourth ranked MIT placed four of its runners in the top 12 to win the invitational with a score of 62 points. Third ranked Tufts University had all five of its runners finish in the top 20 en route to its second place showing with a score of 67 points.
Thirty-first ranked Keene State was third with 108 points and was followed by: #11 Carleton College in fourth (111); #12 SUNY-Oneonta in fifth (119); and the 19th ranked Judges from Brandeis University, who placed sixth in the field with a score of 138 points.
Curran appears to be all systems go right now as she heads toward championship season in search of her second straight NCAA Championship berth. She ran a pace of a 5:50 mile on Saturday. Her time was 1:29 faster than she ran at the NCAA's last year and was 35 seconds better than her run at the 2014 New England Division III Championship.
The Camels will host the 2015 NCAA Division III Regional Championship November 14.
Senior Emily Winter of Easton, Conn. was the second Camel to complete the course in 31st place with a time of 22:40. Grace Sheeran (Medina, Wash.) placed 52nd in the field with a time of 23:08. Senior Nicole Adam (Cheshire, Conn.) was next in 79th place with a time of 23:42.
Junior Sabina Flandrick (Boulder, Colo.) finished in 94th place with a time of 23:53. Sophomore Casey Sullivan (Beijing, China) and rookie harrier Eva Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished with respective times of 24:11 and 24:12 to round out the top seven in 114th and 115 place for the hosts.