WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY WINS ECAC TITLE
BRONX, NY - The Monmouth University women's cross country team won the ECAC Division I University Race on Saturday afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park, its first ECAC team title in school history. The Hawks scored 108 points, enough to get by Marist (2nd, 109) and Northeastern (3rd, 110) in a field of 19 teams.
Monmouth's women earned three All-East finishes, led by junior Allie Wilson (5th overall in 18:50 for 5K), senior Molly McKeon (13th overall in 19:08), and classmate Maggie Hanlon (16th overall in 19:16).
Fourth for Monmouth and 35th overall in 19:33 was freshman Taylor Rettig, while senior Jenna Cupp finished 39th overall in 19:38. Sophomore Jenifer Plummer and senior Kristen Rodgers-Erickson rounded out the Hawks’ top-seven.
Monmouth’s men, running a partial team, were led by sophomore Kyle Mueller, who picked up his first All-East honor. After finishing 45th as a freshman, Mueller finished 16th overall Saturday in 26:19 on the Five-mile course. Freshman Ryan Rafferty finished 51st in 27:17, followed by sophomore Ryan Mitchell (27:35), freshman Henry Sappey (28:14) and freshman Evan Jerolaman (28:46).
NOTES AND QUOTES
“The women’s team was very unselfish and together all fall, and today was the perfect reflection of that. We were missing one of our senior captains, Rachael Baker, who was fifth for us at MAAC Championships and NCAA Regionals. But, Taylor Rettig and others stepped up, and everyone really battled for spots right to the finish line. That made all the difference in a great team battle.”
“After earning All-MAAC honors a few weeks ago, this was another significant step for Kyle Mueller and a positive ending to the season for him to earn All-East here as well.”
- Head Coach Joe Compagni
- The four All-East honors give the Hawks 52 All-East honors in cross country in the last 21 years. The men’s team has earned 14 All-East honors and the women’s team has nine All-East honors in the last 7 years.
- Monmouth’s previous best finishes ever at this meet were second for the men (in 1997 and 2013), and second for the women (in 2010).
- The women’s top five average time of 19:16.6 ranks fifth in school history on the historic Van Cortlandt Park course.
- Allie Wilson’s time ranks 14th in school history at Van Cortlandt Park, and she becomes one of just nine Monmouth women to run 18:50 or better at the course.
- Taylor Rettig’s time of 19:31 is seventh in school history for Monmouth freshmen women at Van Cortlandt Park.
- Ryan Rafferty’s time of 27:17 is 12th in school history for Monmouth freshmen men at Van Cortlandt Park.
With the cross country season complete, Monmouth will open the indoor track season at home on Thursday Dec. 1 at 3:30 PM.