Curran, Franz Lead Camels to Eighth Place Finish at NESCAC Championship

Curran, Franz Lead Camels to Eighth Place Finish at NESCAC Championship

WATERVILLE, Maine.--The Connecticut College women's cross country team placed two of its runners in the top 11 to finish eighth at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship at Colby College today.

The Camels scored 218 points to finish in front of the host Mules of Colby (223), Trinity (250) and Hamilton (331).  Williams College placed all five of its scorers in the top 15 to capture the 2016 NESCAC Crown. Tufts placed second with a score of 72 points. Middlebury College sophomore Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) finished first in the field of 129 harriers with a time of 22:33 for the Panthers. 

The Camels achieved their goal of defeating a Trinity squad that had finished ahead of them on three prior occasions this fall. All seven teams that placed ahead of Connecticut College were ranked among the top nine in New England.

For the second consecutive year, Ashley Curran (Franklin, Mass.) garnered All-Conference accolades for the Camels. Curran, who finished in 11th place at last year's championship, posted a time of 23:10 to finish eighth on an extremely challenging and hilly 6k course today. Bella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) placed 11th in the field with a time of 23:17. 

This matched the best 1-2 finish for Camels at a women's cross country championship. Athletic Hall of Famer Maura Danahy '02 and Jennifer Stieg '02 placed ninth and 10th for the Camels at the 2000 NESCAC Championship.

Both Curran and Franz will be recognized on the All-Conference Team when it is formally announced this week.
 
Running in her home state, freshman Hannah Noyes (Vinalhaven, Maine) was the third Camel to cross the finish line in 80th place with a time of 25:23. Julianna Donovan (Needham, Mass.) was next in 89th place with a time of 25:38 for the Camels Sophomore Caitlin Teare (Yarmouth, Maine) finished in 91st place with a time of 25:45 for Connecticut College.
 
Senior Anna Guay (Watertown, Conn.) posted a time of 25:56 to finish in 96th place for the Camels.  Sophomore Eva Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was the seventh Camel to complete the course in 103rd place with a time of 26:05.  Junior Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) placed 107th in the field with a time of 26:21.
 
Senior Sabina Flandrick (Boulder, Colo.) posted a time of 26:25 to finish in 109th place for the Camels.  Junior Grace Sheeran (Medina, Wash.) completed the course in 26:32, placing 112th for Connecticut College. Sophomore Steph Van Riet (Dover, Mass.) placed 115th in the field with a time of 26:40. 
 
Junior Cayla Condon (Sherborn, Mass.) clocked a time of 26:53 to finish in 118th place..

The Camels will run next in the New England Division III Championship November 12 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass.