Women’s Cross Country Ranked First in Region, 23rd in Nation

Stonehill aims to capture its 17th NE10 Championship

Cyr returns as one of the seven that went to the NCAA Championships last year

USTFCCCA Announces Preseason Rankings

EASTON, Mass. (September 6, 2018) – The Stonehill College women's cross country team is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Preseason East Region Poll and No. 23 in the National Poll, the coaches organization announced last week.

The women's team return a core of five seniors, including Taylor Landers, Makenzie Cyr, Jackie Cutillo, Jillian Caiazzi, and Isabel Baker that will lead the way. Last season, the women captured the program's 16th Northeast-10 Conference Championship, was the runner-up at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship, and qualified for its 18th NCAA Division II Championship.

The team also includes juniors Jordan Callahan, Alyssa Freeman, Kacie Higgins, Kelly Higgins, Anna Lastra, and Danika Wayss, while two sophomores return, including Sophia Anderle and Sam Curtin. The Skyhawks welcome four freshman to the team in Rebecca Erhard, Isabella Kennedy, Claire Mason, and Siobhan O'Keefe.

Stonehill head coach Karen Boen, entering her 22nd year with the Skyhawks, has mentored the women's squad to 16 NE10 Championships, 14 NCAA Division II East Regional Championships, and 18 NCAA Division II Championship appearances.

The Skyhawks kick off the season this weekend, Saturday, September 8 in Smithfield, Rhode Island for the Shawn M. Nassaney Invitational hosted by Bryant University. The women's varsity race will begin at 10:15 a.m. followed by the men's varsity race at 10:45 a.m. The JV race will run at 11:30 a.m. and the men at noon.

Stonehill will then travel to Kutztown, Pennsylvania for the Kutztown Division II Challenge on Saturday, September 15, followed by the New England Championships on Saturday, October 6. The Skyhawks will run in the Sixth Annual Bruce Kirsh Cross Country Cup on Saturday, October 20 prior to kicking off championship season with the NE10 Championship on Sunday, November 4, hosted by Franklin Pierce University. The NCAA Division II East Regional Championship will take place on Saturday, November 17 in Bethpage, New York, hosted by Adelphi as the Skyhawks aim to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships that will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 1 at the Bob O'Connor Golf Course.

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