SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The eight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women's cross country teams travel to Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I. on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the 2019 CCC Women's Cross Country Championship. The six-kilometer race will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the men's race to follow.
The University of New England will try to extend its championship streak this year to eight straight. Last year it had an impressive six runners earn All-Conference recognition by finishing in the top 15, including CCC Runner of the Year Emily Wasina (Waterboro, Maine) and CCC Rookie of the Year Dani Jewell (Dover, N.H.), who are both returning this year. Jasmine Syed (Canterbury, N.H.) and Katie Correnty (Newport Coast, Calif.), who finished fifth and sixth last year, respectively, are also back. The Nor'easters have had a lot of team success this year winning the Pop Crowell Invitational and earning second place spots at the Jim Sheehan Memorial, Runnin' Monks, and WNE Invitationals.
Salve Regina's top runner from a year ago, Olivia Owen (Weymouth, Mass.) is back for her senior year and has continued to lead the Seahawks throughout the season. She has been Salve's top runner in every race this year, including a first place finish in the Battle of the North Shore and a top-five result a the Endicott Invitiatonal. Christina Moran (Oceanside, N.Y.), who was an All-CCC runner in 2018, is also back and has been a consistent scorer for the Seahawks. Sophomore Cate Norton (Sandy Hook, Conn.) finished second on the team in all but one race this year.
This season Endicott has picked up two wins as a team. One came in the Battle of the North Shore to open the season and the other came at the York College Invitational. Sophomore Holly Fossa (Essex, Mass.) is the Gulls top runner this year with top-five finishes in the Battle of the North Shore, the Endicott Invitational, and the York College Invitational. Laura Pomeroy (Windham, N.H.) has also had a strong season as Endicott's second-best finisher in four of its five races.
Roger Williams, this year's host, is looking to climb back onto the podium after a fourth place finish last year. The Hawks return both of their All-CCC runners from last year in Sarah Mawdsley (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Hannah Kaplan (Lebanon, Conn.). After finishing just 1.5 seconds behind the leader at last year's championship, Mawdsley has paced the Hawks in every race this year, including a win at the Fens Classic, which Roger Williams also won as a team. Junior Siobhan Mitchell (West Newbury, Mass.) was also a top-three runner for RWU in a number of races.
Gordon's lone All-CCC performer from 2018, Angie Epplett (Uxbridge, Mass.), returns this year hoping to help the Fighting Scots improve on their fifth place finish at last year's championship. Trying to help her accomplish that is sophomore Bridget Hill (Houlton, Maine), who has led Gordon in every race this season.
Western New England senior Brooke Townsend (Portland, Conn.) has been the Golden Bears' top runner in every race this year after an All-CCC effort in the conference championship last year. She will look to continue that trend on Saturday.
Nichols has been led by Elise Pond (Sutton, Mass.) this year, while Curry's top runner has been Haley Covillion (Bellow Fall, Vt.).
The CCC Championship is one of the final tune ups for cross country teams before the NCAA Division III New England Regional race which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Regional will be hosted by Bowdoin College at Pickard Fields in Brunswick, Maine.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and two associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports. In 2020, the conference will expand to 10 full members and 19 championship sports with the addition of Suffolk University and women's ice hockey, respectively.