Earning all-New England Division III honors for the first time in her career, Julia Mark '13 (photo courtesy of Kevin Morris Photographer) took 16th place in a field of 367 runners to carry the Cardinals to a solid eighth-place finish among 51 competing teams in the New England Division III Championship hosted by Westfield St. Sat, Nov. 10. It was an outstanding improvement for both Mark and the Cardinals as Wesleyan took 12th of 51 a year ago and Mark was 42nd.
Mark was a likely selection for an NCAA individual spot as the top two teams from each region and the next seven individuals not on those teams automatically qualify for the NCAAs, which will be held in Terre Haute, Indiana Sat, Nov. 17. With MIT and Williams wrapping up the team spots, and Middlebury a shoo-in for an at-large team bid, the selection committee also picked Bates and Amherst from the New England regional and that put Mark among the individual qualifiers from the region.
Wesleyan's scoring five at regionals were all seniors, the same five individual who carried the Cardinals to sixth place in the NESCAC meet two weeks earlier, though in a slightly different order. While Mark covered the 6k course in 22:09.22, Jessica Sherry '13 was the second Cardinal finisher in 47th place. Hannah Zimmerman '13 took 64th, Ceili Brennan '13 placed 98th and Chloe Lalonde '13 came through in 100th place.
At Nationals, Mark covered the 6k course in 22:57.6 to finish 130th in a field of 277 elite runners. The winner was Christy Cazzola of Wisc.-Oshkosh (20:53.3). Johns Hopkins won the team title.