STANDISH, Maine – The Saint Joseph's College cross country teams hosted an Early Bird meet on Saturday, hosting in-state rival University of New England on the SJC course. The women ran a 5K race while the man participated in a truncated 6K event.
The women were led by Heather Eaton (Lincolnville, Maine), who posted a 20:50 time to place second overall, behind UNE's Rose Earl, who raced to victory with a 20:45 performance.
Sophomore Lucas Fisher (Strafford, N.H.) paced the men with a 22:56 performance, just five seconds behind UNE's Casey Hubbard, who won the event with a 22:51 time.
Seniors Taidghe Hagan (Reading, Mass.), Connor Dufour (Augusta, Maine) and Andrew Caron (Augusta, Maine) placed ninth (24:00), 11th (24:38) and 13th (25:06), respectively.
THE RUNDOWN - WOMEN
- Freshman Lauren Lecompte (Lewiston, Maine) was 15th with a 24:17 effort
- Junior Kristina Schelling (Pelham, N.H.) placed 23rd (26:36)
- Junior Jill Keimach (Scarborough, Maine) finished 26th in her first collegiate cross country race with a 28:30 performance
- Junior Megan McLaughlin (Kingston, N.H.), also making her debut on the trails, placed 28th with a 33:02 time
THE RUNDOWN – MEN
- Junior standout Nick Shuckrow (Winslow, Maine), who is recovering from several ailments, placed 20th (26:50)
- Senior Billy Brooks (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), racing in his first cross country event since August 30th of the 2014 season, finished 23rd with a 32:59 effort
- The Monks are off until Saturday, September 12th when both teams participate in the University of New England Invitational at Rotary Park in Biddeford
- Last fall, the SJC women finished sixth with 167 points at UNE, while the men were sixth with 152 team points in the annual event
- Shuckrow led the men's team with a 14th-place finish (27:39) while Eaton is the Monks' top returner after finishing 22nd with a 20:56 effort in last year's race at UNE
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.