Women's Cross Country

2011 Women's XC Begins Year with Wes Invite Crown, Then 25th in N.E. Open, 3rd in Little 3, 8th at NESCACs, 6th at ECACs & 12th in NE Div. III

The 2011 women's cross country squad got the year off to a solid start by placing first among seven teams during the Wesleyan Invitational Sat., Sept. 24.  Lazare paced the Cardinal contingent with her second-place finish in a time of 19:34.9 for 5k.  Wesleyan had five of the top nine finishers for a team score of 25.  Next closest was NESCAC rival Conn. College with 59.  Rounding out the Cards' scoring group was Zimmerman, Crain, Mark and Celil Brennan '13.

Wesleyan had the same order of finish among its scoring five during the second event of the year, the annual New England Open in Boston, Mass., Sat., Oct. 8.  Lazare placed 106th of 269 entrants with a time of 19:36.  The Cardinal contingent all finished in a span of 38 seconds.  As a team, Wesleyan was 25th of 39 squads.

On Sat, Oct. 15, Wesleyan headed to Williams for the Little Three meet.  Williams prevailed with a team score of 20, followed by Amherst with 40 and Wesleyan with 78.  Lazare continued to pace the Cardinal contingent as she finished 16th along the 76 runners at Little Threes.  Mark was 19th while Crain placed 27th, Zimmerman 30th and Triedman 31st.

The annual NESCAC meet took place at Amherst Sat., Oct. 29.  There Mark, Zimmerman and Crain finished in a pack for 36th, 37th and 39th, respectively, in a field of 121 runners as the Cardinals placed eight of the 11 squads.  Triedman (58th) and Shivani Kochhar '14 (59th) rounded out the scoring five.

Wesleyan then took a contingent of JV runners to the ECAC Division III meet at Williams Sat., Nov. 5.  There the Cardinals took sixth of 40 squads with four freshmen scoring for the team.  The top seven teams were all from the NESCAC.  The lone non-freshman to score was Ceili Brennan '13, who led the way in 32nd among 276 runners.  Alanah Hall '15 was 35th while Kerry Mix '15 placed 37th.  Completing Wesleyan's scoring was Rachel Unger '15 in 42nd and Dana Louie '15 in 70th.

The final regular-season action took place Sat., Nov. 12 at Bowdoin in the annual New England Division III Championship which determines both team and individual qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Championship in Winneconne, Wisc. the following weekend.  Mark paced the squad with her 42nd-place finish among 353 entrants.  Lazare was next in 50th, followed by Crain (60th), Triedman (80th) and Brennan (92nd).  The Cardinals placed 12th of 51 squads to close out the year in fine fashion.