WATERFORD, Conn. – The University of Maine at Farmington women's cross country ranked second among North Atlantic Conference teams at the NCAA Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon, hosted by Connecticut College.
The Beavers placed 38th overall as a team and second among conference rivals behind only Colby-Sawyer, who finished 26th out of 56 teams. UMF tallied 1,150 points at the championship meet and averaged a 25:37.7 mile. Williams won the event with 44 points and topped the competition by 63 points as four racers finished in the top ten.
Laura Pulito (Brownfield, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) lead the Beavers with an overall time of 24:53.8 and 186th overall out of 390 racers. Emma Pidden (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) trailed Pulito by only 11 seconds for a 195th place finish. Gwen Baker (Windham, Maine/Windham) placed 226th overall with an overall time of 25:34.8. Alisha Labbe (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) followed in 269th place and crossed the line at 26:14.8. Hannah Emery (Detroit, Maine/MCI) rounded out UMF's scoring in 274th place at 26:20.1.
UMF also set six personal records in the championship meet by improving their times from last year. Pulito cut over a minute and a half off of her time from 2014, Pidden ran 1:43 faster this year, and Emily Franklin (Bath, Maine/Maine School of Science and Math) nearly a minute and a half off of her mark in 2014.
UMaine-Farmington had an impressive season by winning the opening meet at Husson and was a top five team in five of the team's first six events.