Crusaders Have Two Weeks Before NCAA Northeast Regional

Meaghan Reilly

Scoreboard: 5th of 8, Patriot League Championship, Hamilton, N.Y., 10/31
Schedule: Saturday, Nov. 14, NCAA Northeast Regional, Bronx, N.Y., 10:00 a.m.

  • The Holy Cross women's cross country team has a week off before the NCAA Northeast Regional in Bronx, N.Y. on Saturday, Nov. 14. The following week, the Crusaders wrap up the 2009 season at the ECAC Championship.
  • Thanks to her second-place finish at the Patriot League Championship in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday, Oct. 31, sophomore Paige Sutherland (Groveland, Mass.) earned first team All-Patriot League honors. She is the first women's cross country runner to be so honored by the conference since 1998. In addition, her finish is the highest for a Crusader at the Patriot League Championship since 1990, when Nancy Sullivan also finished second. Sutherland ran in a time of 22:54.6. It's the fifth consecutive time this season where Sutherland was the top Holy Cross performer and the 11th time in 12 career races.
  • Holy Cross' fifth-place finish overall at the Patriot League Championship is the program's best performance since 2001, when the Crusaders tied for third. The Crusaders have never won the Patriot League, having finished second twice (1990, 1991).
  • Sophomore Sarah Mellea (North Arlington, N.J.), senior co-captain Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.), sophomore Elizabeth Humphries (Siler City, N.C.) and junior Jacqueline Imse (Simsbury, Conn.) were the remaining top five Crusader performers at the Patriot League Championship. All finished in the 25th minute. Mellea took 27th with a time of 24:24.6 with Luke just seven seconds behind to take 34th place. Humphries came in 35th just .9 seconds behind Luke and Imse finished in 41st with a time of 24:46.4.