Women's Cross Country Takes 30th Place at NCAA Regionals

Women's Cross Country Takes 30th Place at NCAA Regionals

WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Castleton women's cross country team concluded its 2016 season with a 30th place finish out of 59 teams in the NCAA Division III New England Cross Country Regional Championship at Stanley Park on Saturday morning.

Kaylyn Crompton led the way for Castleton, earning an impressive 67th place finish out of 406 runners in the six-kilometer race. The freshman clocked in at 22:52, marking her best time in a 6k race all season.

Elizabeth Bassette was the next runner to cross for the Spartans, earning a 142nd place finish with a time of 23:58. Molly O'Callaghan also placed in the top half of the pack, crossing the line just seconds later with a time of 24:09.

Miranda Messeck (25:16) and Rachael Emery (26:33) rounded out the top five for Castleton, respectively, while Ali Nelson came in shortly after with a time of 28:11.

The Spartans placed 30th overall with a total score of 884 points, trailing only Colby-Sawyer out of eight North Atlantic Conference opponents in the race. The Chargers earned a 25th place finish.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology took first place overall with 68 total points after placing five runners in the top 25. Williams also had five runners tab top 25 finishes and followed MIT by only three points, finishing in second with a score of 71. Tufts had the first place runner on its squad and placed two more in the top 25 en route to a third place score of 77 points. Middlebury (149) and Bates (167) rounded out the top five with fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.

Castleton wraps up an impressive 2016 campaign with four top five team finishes, including a first place overall spot in the opening meet of the season at Southern Vermont.