WINTHROP, Mass. – Due to an impending nor'easter set to hit the region this weekend, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference announced on Thursday morning that the 2018 GNAC Cross Country Championships will be pushed back one day to Sunday, October 28. Saint Joseph's College of Maine will remain as this year's host, as the Monks get set to welcome the GNAC's programs and coaches to the SJC Cross Country trail.
The women's 5K race will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by the men's 8K race at 2:00 PM.
In a vote amongst the league's head coaches, the Emmanuel College women received seven of a possible 12 first-place votes to take the top spot in the women's poll with 127 points. The Saints last won the GNAC Championship in 2013 and 2015 – their only two conference crowns in program history. Norwich finished second with 115 points, having won the last two GNAC Championships, while Suffolk University finished third with 112 points. Newest member Colby-Sawyer College and host SJC finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on the women's side.
Featuring a deep roster with a mix of veteran leaders and talented newcomers, the Saint Joseph's women's team looks to improve upon their projection. Seniors Sarah Curtin (Strafford, N.H.) and Lauren Lecompte (Lewiston, Maine) and first-year runners Lauren Fisher (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Emma Allen (Jefferson, Maine), Naomi Ingham (Alton, N.H.), and Alirose Beaureguard (Dover, N.H.) figure to make an impact on their home course on Sunday.
Saint Joseph's has won two GNAC Championships - 2007 and 2008 - with both occurring on the SJC course. The Monks finished seventh in the 2017 event, which was held at Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I.
2018 GNAC Women's Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll
1. Emmanuel (7) - 127
2. Norwich (2) - 115
3. Suffolk (2) - 112
4. Colby-Sawyer - 107
5. Saint Joseph's Maine - 94
6. Regis - 93
7. Simmons (1) - 89
8. Johnson & Wales - 78
9. Lasell - 47
10. Rivier - 33
11. USJ - 22
12. Anna Maria - 19
THANKS IN PART TO GNAC SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE