The Central Connecticut women's cross country team placed 31st at the 2016 NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday, Nov. 11th at VanCortlandt Park in Bronx, NY. In a field of 366 runners, Northeast Conference champion, junior Brittany Mendelson represented Central in 97th place, clocking in a time of 22:18.30, an average mile time of 5:59 across the 6k course. Two weeks ago, Mendelson claimed her third straight NEC Cross Country Title at St. Francis Univeristy, completing the 5k championship course in 19:33.2 (6:17.2 mile pace).
Two sophomores, Dawn Hubbell and Madeline Mondo completed the regional 6,000 meter course within one second of each other. Hubbell turned in a time of 22:59.30, and Mondo clocked in at 23:00.9, good for 161st and 163rd places in the standings, respectively.
Senior Brandy LeClair was the next Blue Devil in, running a 6:20 mile pace, for a time of 23:35.5. Rounding out the Blue Devil NCAA Northeast Regional performances was junior Victoria Cronin (24.45.8) and senior Paxton McNierney (25:05.0).
CCSU accumulated 851 points in their 31st place efforts out of a field of 36 other teams competing Friday.
Next on the schedule for the Central Connecticut women's cross country team is the IC4A/ECAC Championships on Saturday, November 19th at the same venue, VanCortlandt Park, in Bronx, NY.