Sept. 1, 2007
Durham, N.H.- The Boston College women's cross country team jumpstarted its campaign by taking a first-place finish at a tri-meet against University of New Hampshire and Providence College at Durham, N.H. Saturday morning.
Led by team captain Mallory Champa's third place finish (17:27) in the three-mile race, the Eagles scored 30 points to top UNH (47 points) and Providence College (50 points). Champa joined sophomore Brielle Chabot (fourth place, 17:28), senior Nikki Tufts (sixth place, 17:31) and senior Jennifer Heyde (eight place, 18:10) as BC's top-five runners.
Junior Medena Knespl recorded the fastest race of her career, placing 11th in a time of 18:27. The women finished the race with a split time of 60.
The Eagles enter the 2007 season as the defending NCAA Northeast Regional Champions and are coached behing 2006 Northeast Region Coach of the Year Randy Thomas.
The men's team placed two runners in the top ten of their meet. Captain Tim Ritchie finished sixth in a time of 27:08. Junior David Emerson took tenth in 27:28.
Providence College took top honore with 23 points as Ahmud Haji won the three-mile race in 26:13. UNH placed second with 42 point and BC had 66 points.
The Eagles will race next in the Boston College Invitational being held Sept. 14 at 4:00 p.m. at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. They will play host to Bentley, Iona, Northeastern, Oklahoma State (women), Providence College, Stony Brook, Valaparaiso and Wake Forest.