SMITHFIELD, R.I.--After a one-year absence, the Keene State College women's cross country team is back in a familiar place - ahead of everyone else in the Little East Conference. Junior Lauren Perkowski picked up individual medalist honors to lead the Owls to their 18th title in the last 19 years.
- Perkowski posted her fourth individual race win of the season and became the 12th different KSC women's runner to take home the individual title. Her time of 19:23.9 seconds easily pushed her past Rhode Island College's Margaret McCaffrey, who was second in 19:57.8.
- Perkowski joins Mary Proulx (2000-02), Karen Jordan (2003), Erin Landon (2004), Jennfer Adams (2005-07), Breanne Lucey (2006, co-champion with Adams), Rita Marcotte (2008), Allison Chamberlain (2009), Paige Mills (2010-11), Samantha Goldsmith (2013-14), Kait Wheeler (2015), and Lindsay Szuch (2016) as KSC winners.
- Perkowski, who also picked up All-LEC Honors, was joined in the top 10 by Lynne Hebert (seventh, 20:31.8) and Laura Dawson (eighth, 20:32.5). The latter two also were All-Conference honorees.
- Christina Martin (11th, 20:49.4) just missed out on an All-Conference nod, while Brittany Gravallese was 29th (21:46.4), Alana Olendorf was 30th (21:51.2), Megan Conners 66th (25:47.0), and Kara Guinan 72nd (26:37.5).
- Keene State picked up 54 points to best defending champ Eastern Connecticut State by eight points, as the Warriors finished with 62.
- The Keene State men were fourth overall, totaling 85 points. Southern Maine defended their title with 43 points, pipping UMass Dartmouth (48 points) to the championship.
- Cameron Stinchfield (ninth, 27:55.9) and Iid Shiekh-Yusuf (10th, 27:57.4) grabbed All-Conference honors for KSC. It was the third All-LEC honor in his career for Iid Sheikh-Yusuf.
- Rob St. Laurent (14th, 28:10.2), Gavin Thomas (23rd, 29:25.9), Zach Coburn (29th, 29:47.7), Tyler DeChane (33rd, 30:19.5), Cameron Giordano (37th, 30:41.7), Dylan Richards (52nd, 31:55.1), Jackson Brannen (59th, 32:44.4), Alex Medina (61st, 33:07.6), and Tristram Patoine (73rd, 35:43.0) completed the KSC lineup.
- Plymouth State's Sam Brunnette won the individual race for the third year in a row.