Cross Country Battles in NCAA New England Regionals

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The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams finished their last race of the season this past weekend on Nov. 12. This race ends a season of ups and downs for both teams.
The men were lucky to gain Ace McAlister ’20, who proved to be a valuable asset as he consistently placed in the top three on the men’s team. The women’s team was lead by a solid sophomore class with Lauren Barrett, Anna Barnes, and Caroline Sullivan always finishing within a minute of each other.
NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships took place at Westfield State University on a course than many Bantam runners have seen before. The men’s team finished 15th out of 56 teams overall. Most top teams were fellow NESCAC teams, all fighting for a spot to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championship.
McAlister placed 25th with a time of 25:17 for 8k. The next Trinity runner, Zach Joachim ’19, placed 67th with a time of 26:00, followed by Luke Duros ’19 placing 115th with a time of 26:46. McAlister narrowly missed qualifying for an individual spot at the National Championship’s next weekend in Kentucky. However as a freshman, McAlister will have many more opportunities to prove himself.
Coming off of a 10th place finish at the NESCAC championship, the women placed 13th out of 56 teams at NCAA regionals. Caroline Sullivan ’19 placed 47th with a time of 22:25 for 6k. Next on the team was Lauren Barrett ’19 who placed 72nd with a time of 22:69. Rounding out the top three was Brianna Daly ’18 who placed 94th. This 13th place finish is an improvement on their finish last year by 10 spots.
Both teams have a small break during Thanksgiving but begin their indoor track season with their first meet on Dec. 3 at Smith College. This first meet is a chance for the runners to rely on their fitness from the cross-country season, and for the Class of 2020 to get a first taste of college track & field.

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