Cross Country Places Fourth at Jim Sheehan Classic
Devlin paces Ravens in 22nd at 26:58
Mather crossed the finish line in 30:03 on Friday afternoon at the Jim Sheehan Classic.
FITCHBURG, Mass. (September 9, 2011) – Freshman Kelsey Devlin (Warwick, R.I.) finished 22nd overall in a time of 26:58 on Friday afternoon as the Franklin Pierce University cross country team placed fourth in the Jim Sheehan Classic, hosted by Fitchburg State. Eastern Connecticut State senior Amanda Quinones won the individual title with a time of 21:02 on the 3.1-mile course, while Worcester State captured the team title.
A handful of spots behind Devlin, freshman Maggie Campbell (Queensbury, N.Y.) and sophomore Natasha Pastor (Fitzwilliam, N.H.) placed 28th and 29th, respectively, for Franklin Pierce, with times of 28:31 and 29:00.
Three positions behind Pastor, junior Brittany Mather (North Kingstown, R.I.) led a pack of three straight Ravens runners, as she finished 32nd and stopped the clock at 30:03. Freshman Madelene Morrill (Greenville, Pa.) rounded out the scoring for Franklin Pierce in 33rd at 30:27, while sophomore Bianca Acebron-Peco (Bow, N.H.) placed 34th in 31:56.
Worcester State (27 points) had three of the top four, four of the top six and five of the top 12 runners to edge out second-place Eastern Connecticut State by six points. Host Fitchburg State (54) also finished in front of Franklin Pierce (127), while Anna Maria (149) rounded out the five-team field.
Individually, Quinones left the field in the dust, posting a victory of nearly two minutes over Worcester State freshman Chelsey Peso (22:54). Peso led a trio of runners for the Lancers that also included freshman Jennifer Cardinal (23:00) and senior Meg Plant (23:12). Eastern Connecticut State sophomore Cora Gingras (23:28) rounded out the top five.
The Ravens return to action on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Rivier College Invitational at 4 p.m.
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