FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington junior Rachel Huber (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) ran to a 10th place finish overall and led the Beavers to finish third out of five teams at the UMaine-Farmington Invitational, Saturday morning at the Mt. Blue High School course.
UMaine-Farmington tallied 66 points in the meet, with six runners in the top half of the 44-runner field but none finishing among the top 10. Husson University won the meet with 24 points, followed by Colby-Sawyer College with 47 points.
Trailing UMaine-Farmington were UMaine-Machias with 116 points, and Maine Maritime Academy with 131 points.
Huber ran the 5000m course in a time of 23:49, leading a trio of UMF runners. Freshman Farren Welzel (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) was 11th with a time of 23:59, while senior Salena Sykes (Island Pond, Vt./North Country Union) was 12th in 24:11.
Husson's Alecia Palmer won the event with a time of 21:26, posting a sub-7:00 pace on the re-configured Mt. Blue High School course that was termed "challenging" by several visiting coaches. Colby-Sawyer's Emily Urquhart was second with a time of 21:35, while Husson's Kateri Jeffery was third in 22:11. Overall, Husson placed four runners among the top six.
UMaine-Farmington women's cross country will compete at the Johnson State College Invitational next Saturday, Sept. 22, in Johnson, Vt.
UMaine-Farmington Cross Country Invitational
September 15, 2012
Mt. Blue High School course
1. Husson University – 24
2. Colby-Sawyer College – 47
3. UMaine-Farmington – 66
4. UMaine-Machias – 116
5. Maine Maritime Academy – 131