15 Rings And Counting: Women's Cross Country Dominates For LEC Title

15 Rings And Counting: Women's Cross Country Dominates For LEC Title

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.--Sammy Goldsmith picked up the individual medalist honor for the second consecutive year as the Keene State College women's cross country team won the Little East/Alliance Championship for the 15th year in a row at Mount Greylock High School on Saturday.

Goldsmith covered the 5k course in 18:54.33, as the Owls placed all seven of their runners in the top 10.  Goldsmith was the only runner to finish in less than 19 minutes.

Kait Wheeler was third in 19:16.94 in third place, with Lindsay Szuch in fifth in 19:33.73 and Lauren Markoe in sixth in 19:52.60.  Kaley Mientkiewicz finished out the the KSC scorers in 19:53.22, in seventh place, with Rachel Klaski in ninth in 19:58.22 and Carli Davis in 10th in 20:14.19.

Goldsmith, Wheeler, Szuch, Markoe, and Mientkiewicz were All-LEC and All-Alliance, while Klaski and Davis were also All-Alliance.

"The women went out strong with a big pack of red up front which is awesome to see," said acting head coach Sarah Titus.  "Jessica Cardin (Westfield State) pulled away from Sammy, but both her and Kait ran a hard final mile to close on them.  Lauren Markoe and Lindsay Szuch had excellent performances also."

Keene State finished with 22 points, easily ahead of second placed Westfield State with 70, and Southern Maine, the next placed LEC team, which finished with 111 points.

The Owls return to the races at the NCAA Regional Race at Williams College on November 15.