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October 28, 2017

 

SHAYNA COUSINEAU WINS LITTLE EAST INDIVIDUAL WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TITLE
Three From RIC Earn All-LEC Honors
RIC Finishes Third Overall

Keene, N.H.--Freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, RI) captured the 2017 Little East Conference Individual Championship with a first place finish (19:19.7) to lead the Rhode Island College women’s cross country team to a third place finish (seven teams) at the 2017 Little East Conference Championship, hosted by Keene State on Saturday.

Cousineau earned All-Little East honors by virtue of her top-10 finish, while junior Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) and sophomore Rebecca Meinertz (Smithfield, RI) also took home All-Conference awards.

 

 

 Freshman Shayna Cousineau

 

THE BASICS
• The Anchorwomen finished with 87 points, while Eastern Connecticut took home the team title with 50 points on the afternoon.

• There were a total of seven teams and 72 runners competing at the event.

 

 

 Junior Margaret McCaffrey

 

HOW IT HAPPENED
• McCaffrey earned All-LEC honors after placing seventh (20:04.5) for the Anchorwomen.

• Meinertz took home All-LEC accolades with an eighth place finish (20:07.2).

• Senior Rebecca Tellier (Smithfield, RI) finished in 35th (21:55.2) place, while freshman Bryana Mullin (Warwick, RI) notched a 36th place finish (21:55.6).

• Junior Laura Paiva (Coventry, RI) registered a 38th place finish (22:29.1), while sophomore Analise England (Smithfield, RI) clocked a time of (23:09.4), which was good for a 40th place finish.

• Sophomore Wennely Figueroa (Providence, RI) was in 62nd place (24:05.00) and classmate Nicaury Nunez (Providence, RI) rounded out the runners for the Anchorwomen, finishing in 64th place (24:49.0).

 

 

 Freshman Rebecca Meinertz

 

BY THE NUMBERS
• The Anchorwomen averaged 20:40.5 per runner over the 5K course.

 

HEAD COACH TIMOTHY RUDD ON THE RACE

"This year's cross country conference championship is by far the most successful one for our women’s program that I’ve been a part of. These women have been working hard from day one. They bought into the system with little to no resistance, and that is every coach's dream."  

 

"Our top performers, Rebecca Meinertz, Margaret McCaffrey and Shayna Cousineau, all placed in the top 10 to earn All-Conference honors. Having three ladies place in the top 10 is a feat that I believe our program has not seen since the late 1980s or early 1990s. This was capped off by some more history when we witnessed freshman standout Shayna Cousineau claim the individual title."

 

"The third place finish was well deserved and they fully understand that they are knocking on the door of holding up the conference championship plaque next fall.”

 

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2017 NCAA Div. III N.E. Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Nov. 11.

 

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