North Dartmouth, Mass.-The Rhode Island College women's cross country team opened the 2017 campaign with a 31st place finish (40 teams) at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
• The Anchorwomen finished with 796 points, while Assumption took home the team title with 56 points on the afternoon.
• There were a total of 40 teams and 299 runners competing at the event.
HEAD COACH TIMOTHY RUDD ON THE RACE
• "Today was a great starting point for us. It let us know where we currently stand compared to our conference opponents and what we need to do in order to get to where we want to be in November. We stand to look a lot stronger for our next meet as two of our top five did not compete today. I was extremely impressed by freshman Shayna Cousineau's performance. She was the top performer from our conference and for freshmen overall."
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, RI) was impressive in her collegiate debut as she was the Anchorwomen's top finisher, placing 26th (19:17.99).
• Sophomore Nicuary Nunez (Central Falls, RI) rounded out the runners for the Anchorwomen, finishing in 248th place (25:06.18).
BY THE NUMBERS
• The Anchorwomen averaged 22:16.30 per runner over the 5K course that ran through the UMass Dartmouth campus.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Gordon to participate in the 2017 Pop Crowell Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 23 (10:45 a.m.).