WILLIAMSTON, Mass. – Kaitlin Flanders led UMaine-Farmington at the 2014 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships on Saturday, hosted by Williams College.
Nearly 400 runners from more than 50 teams competed in the men's 5k championship race. The course at Mt. Greylock Regional High School is known to be challenging, with many hills to test the runners' strength. The competitors battled it out under sunny skies and a high temperature of 35 degrees. The many spectators lining the course created a festive atmosphere of immense energy.
"They pushed ourselves through the cold and performed very well. This team has been pleasantly surprising me since day one. They too are extremely hard working and pushed themselves to the limit this season," UMF cross country coach said about the meet. Flanders finished the race with a total time of 25:55 and crossing the line in 211th. Laura Pulito followed Flanders with a 26:27 total time and a 240th place finish.
UMF placed 45th overall out of 57 teams with 1270 points. MIT claimed the title with 40 points, edging Middlebury who finished with 65 points.
"We accomplished a lot and I'm very proud of all of them. We are a young team and the possibilities are endless for us in the future. With some hard work this offseason, I'm expecting big things for them next season," Staples added.