WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY POSTS BEST-EVER FINISH AT NCAA MID-ATLANTIC REGIONALS
STATE COLLEGE, PA – After placing third at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship, the Monmouth University women’s cross country team ran to its best point total and top-5 average ever. Senior Jenna Cupp placed 53rd overall in the field of 198 runners, leading the Hawks to a 12th place finish in the race. Friday marked the 20th consecutive appearance at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals for Monmouth.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“The women didn’t have a perfect day, but they did have a very successful one. With Jenna leading the way, they’ve shown that they are willing to be aggressive and race tough against some excellent teams.” –Monmouth head coach Joe Compagni
-Although Monmouth finished 12th overall in 2010, its point total of 374 bested the one from that year (385).
-The Hawks top-5 average time of 22:16 also bested the 2010 time of 22:39.
-Jenna Cupp earned one of the top-10 finished ever for Monmouth at the NCAA Regionals. Her time is the second-best in program history at Penn State, just one second off Jen Nelson’s time in 2010.
-Maggie Hanlon’s time of 22:09 is tied for the fourth best time at the course. Molly McKeon’s time of 22:16 is the sixth best time in school history at Penn State. Allie Wilson was a step behind McKeon and takes the seventh best time in school history at the course.
-Rachael Baker, the crucial fifth scorer for Monmouth, moved up more than 50 places in the second half of the race to help secure the 12th place finish for the Hawks. Her time of 22:40 is #11 in school history.
-The 44-second gap between Monmouth’s first and fifth place finishers was among the best of all schools in the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
-After the MAAC Championship, Monmouth’s women’s team was ranked 15th in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Hawks outran that ranking with their 12th place finish.
-Two men also competed in the event, with sophomore Kyle Mueller took 70th in the men’s 10k (32:12). His time is #4 in school history on the course and just 13 seconds off the record set by Dominick D’Agostino in 2014. Freshman Henry Sappey took 140th in his first 10k, finishing in 34:49. Only six MU freshman have run faster times in the last five NCAA Regional meets.
53 Jenna Cupp, Sr 21:56 5:53
68 Maggie Hanlon, Sr 22:09 5:56
76 Molly McKeon, Sr 22:16 5:58
77 Allie Wilson, Jr 22:16 5:58
100 Rachael Baker, Sr 22:40 6:04
116 Kriste Rodgers-Erickson, Sr
159 Taylor Rettig, Fr 24:04 6:27
Total Time = 1:51:17 Total Places = 374
Monmouth will compete in the ECAC/IC4A’s next Saturday (November 19). Start time is scheduled for 10:15 at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.