Women's cross country takes ninth at NCAA East Region Championship

Women's cross country takes ninth at NCAA East Region Championship

HOPKINTON, N.H. – The Philadelphia University women's cross country wrapped up its 2015 campaign with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds.

The Rams placed six runners inside the top half of the 186-runner field to score 304 points. Stonehill won the region title for the sixth time in the last seven years with 48 points. Roberts Wesleyan scored 128 points to take second, while St. Thomas Aquinas was third with 160 points.

For the seventh time in 2015, Emilie Barton (Sterling, Ill./Newman Central Catholic)—the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference runner-up—was Philadelphia's first finisher as she completed the 6-kilometer course in a career-best time at that distance of 22 minutes, 59.69 seconds to take 35th overall in the 186-runner field.

Victoria Frisbie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) ran her career-best 6K time of 23:43.7 for a 57th-place finish, while Alyssa Litty was less than two seconds back with a 23:45.32 to take 59th. Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) crossed the finish line with the 71st-place time of 24:06.63, a career-best. The final scoring spot went to Stephanie Watson (Newport, Vt./North Country Union) as she completed the race in a time of 24:20.94 to come in 82nd.

Erin Raup (Danville, Pa./Danville) was the 89th-place finish with a time of 24:35.94. Maddie Conway (Glen Mills, Pa./Penncrest) completed Philadelphia's lineup with the 110th-place time of 25:07.85.

Stonehill's Nicole Borofski won the region championship with the winning time of 21:12.47.