GRAFTON, MASS. 11/6/04 - The Keene State College men's and women's cross country teams finished fourth and seventh respectively at the ECAC Division III Championships held at the Tufts Farm Course in Grafton, Mass. on Saturday.
The Keene State men's team tallied 143 points to finish behind champion Tufts University (70 points) in the 34-team field.
Matt Haley (Middleton, Mass.) finished sixth (27:28) to lead the Owls on the 8K course. He was followed to the finish line by Weston Forsblad (Danville, N.H.; 16th/27:48), Joseph Reynolds (Bryant Pond, Me.; 27th/28:11), Dan Touhey (Springfield, Mass.;39th/28:25), and Luke Marcum (Pelham, N.H.; 65th/29:00).
Salem State's Fabian Mejia won the individual championship with a time of 26:27.
The Keene State women's team had 173 points. Williams College won the team title with 24 points in the 24 team field.
Stephanie Westcott (Chester, Vt.) led the way for the Owls with a 17th place (23:59) performance on the 6K course. Other top finishers for KSC included Shannon O'Brien (Tilton, N.H.; 33rd/24:30), Allison Fergione (Marlborough, Conn,; 38th/24:44), Chepina Witkowski (Keene, N.H.; 45th/24:52), and Krystin Gavin (Brimfield, Mass; 53rd/25:01).
Joellen Arons of Coast Guard was the individual women's champion with a time of 22:50.
Keene State competes next week at the New England Division III Regional Championships in Cumberland, Me.