Women's cross country claims 2015 CACC championship; Coculo tabbed rookie of the year

Women's cross country claims 2015 CACC championship; Coculo tabbed rookie of the year

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's cross country team continued its domination of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) on Sunday morning on Belmont Plateau, winning its seventh CACC championship in the last eight years.

Philadelphia—the back-to-back CACC champion—placed its five scoring runners inside the top-15 to finish with the winning team score of 31 points. Nyack claimed second place with 60 points, while Georgian Court had 98 points to finish third.

Leading the way for the Rams was Emilie Barton (Sterling, Ill./Newman Central Catholic, who came in second place after completing the 5-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, .03.6 seconds. She was been the Rams' top runner in six races this season.

Victoria Frisbie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) edged out Alyssa Litty (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) by 1.4 seconds to win the battle for fourth place. Frisbie posted the fourth-place time of 20:21.7, while Litty's time of 20:23.1 placed her in the fifth position.

In her first CACC championship, Juliana Coculo (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert East) ran the course in 20:43.6 for a ninth-place finish. Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) claimed the final scoring position to clinch the conference title as she crossed the finish line in 20:52.0 to come in 11th.

All five runners earned a place on the All-CACC team for finishing inside the first 15 positions. Barton and Litty are on the all-conference team for the fourth time, while Thies made the team for the third straight year. Frisbie is now a two-time All-CACC runner.

Coculo was not only named to the All-CACC team, but she also earned the CACC Rookie of the Year Award for being the highest finishing freshman. She is the fifth runner in Philadelphia University history to earn the award, fourth in the last five years.

Stephanie Watson (Newport, Vt./North Country Union) just missed the All-CACC team as she crossed the finish line with the 16th-place time of 21:00.0. Erin Raup (Danville, Pa./Danville) rounded out the Rams' lineup, taking 34th place with a time of 21:55.8.

Wilmington University's Megan Ferrick won the CACC individual championship after putting up the winning time of 19:54.5.

Philadelphia returns to action at the NCAA Division II East Region Championship at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds in Hopkinton, N.H. on Sunday, Nov. 8.