French 32nd as Cross Country Squads Finish Year at NCAA East Regional Championship

French 32nd as Cross Country Squads Finish Year at NCAA East Regional Championship

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's cross country teams concluded their seasons on Saturday at the NCAA East Regional Championship in Bethpage State Park, highlighted by junior Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) finishing in 32nd place. The women were 18th among 29 schools, while the men finished 21st out of 28.

TEAM RESULTS

  • The Saint Michael's women finished 18th among 29 schools during the 6K with 475 points, narrowly trailing 17th-place University of New Haven (452) while holding off Daemen (N.Y.) College (482) and Chestnut Hill (Pa.) College (492).
  • The Purple Knight men were 21st out of 28 teams during their only 10K of the year, claiming 556 points to edge New Haven (558) but come within one point of 20th-place Daemen (555). Saint Michael's was also just short of Chestnut Hill (532) and Molloy (N.Y.) College (526).
  • Stonehill College, which is receiving votes toward the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, won the men's meet with 52 points. The Skyhawk women, who sit second in the USTFCCCA East Region rankings, also won with 58 points.
  • Saint Michael's competed in its first regional championship on Long Island since 1997.

WOMEN'S LEADERS

  • Junior Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame), 32nd of 184 runners, 23:44.4
    • 3rd career regional
    • Posted career-best regional placement
    • Best finish by Saint Michael's runner at regionals since 2014
  • Junior Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), 105th, 25:50.5
    • 2nd career regional
  • Sophomore Molly Nemes (Plymouth, Mass./Sturgis Charter Public School), 113th, 26:09.8
    • 1st career regional
  • Senior Kara Hettinger (Lindenhurst, Ill./Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), 117th, 26:16.3
    • 1st career regional
  • First-year Hannah Muse (Yarmouth, Mass./Nauset Regional), 119th, 26:21.7 (PR)
    • 1st career 6K
  • First-year Eleanor Devereux (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union), 128th, 26:51.9
  • First-year Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb), 132nd, 26:58.6

MEN'S LEADERS

  • Junior Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie), 92nd, 36:19.7
    • 3rd career regional
  • First-year Jake Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), 117th, 37:25.3 (PR)
    • 1st career 10K
  • Senior Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School), 122nd, 37:46.4 (PR)
    • 2nd career regional
  • First-year James Downs (Winchester, Mass./Winchester), 130th, 38:10.8 (PR)
    • 1st career 10K
  • Senior David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth), 131st, 38:20.5
    • 4th career regional
  • First-year John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional), 147th, 39:04.8 (PR)
    • 1st career 10K
  • First-year Matt Gianni (Stowe, Vt./Stowe), 156th, 39:44.4 (PR)
    • 1st career 10K