Women's Cross Country

Julia Mark '13 Completes 2010 Season as Cardinals' Top Runner in Each of the Team's Five Major Meets

Closing out the 2010 season in the annual New England Division III Championship, this year hosted by Williams Sat., Nov. 13, the Cardinals finished 12th of 51 squads in a solid performance.  As she has throughout the year, Julia Mark '13 (photo by Ben Cohen '10) led Wesleyan to the tape, placing 50th of 336 entries as she covered the 6k course in 23:51.4.  Not far behind in 52nd place was Jess Levin '11 with a time of 23:54.4. Tess Crain '12 (63rd, 24:09.5), Libby Lazare '14 (77th, 24.32.3) and Sarah White '11 (92nd, 24:55.2) rounded out the squad's scoring five, giving the Cardinals five finishers in the top 100.

The NESCAC overwhelmed the regional competition at New Englands as six NESCAC teams occupied spots in the top eight while all 10 regional NESCAC colleges secured places among the top 14 teams in the final standings.  Middlebury ran away with the team title, followed by Williams and Amherst.

Three weeks earlier, Mark covered Wesleyan's 5k course in a time of 18:51.86 to take fourth place during the annual Little Three Championship Sat., Oct. 23, as the Cardinals' top finisher.  As a team, Wesleyan fell to its Little Three rivals as the scoring found Williams ahead with 28, followed closely by Amherst with 34 and Wesleyan a distant third with 74.

Competing Wesleyan scoring five at Little Threes was Lazare (19th), Crain (24th), Levin (27th) and Chloe Lalonde '13 (31st).  The winner of the race in a time of 18:28.77 was Williams' Annie Dear.

After that was an excursion to Hamilton Sat., Oct. 30 for the annual NESCAC Championship.  There the Cardinals as usual were led by Mark, whose 23:35.9 effort earned her 25th place among 128 runners.  As a team, Wesleyan came in eighth, just four points behind seventh-place Bates.  Lazare was the Cardinals' number-two finisher for the fourth straight race as she came in 47th.  The pack of White (57th), Levin (58th) and Crain (59th) rounded out the Cardinals' scoring five.

The week before the team's final varsity event (the New England Division III Championship), the Cardinals were represented by a JV contingent at the ECAC Division III meet Sat., Nov. 6 in Bristol, R.I.  With Hannah Zimmerman '13 gaining all-ECAC Div. III laurels by placing 35th in a field of 276 runners, the Cardinals came in eighth of 39 teams.  Zimmerman's time was 24:16.88 for 6k.  THis event did not count in the team's final overall record.