Couto Earns All-Region Status, Women’s Cross Country Turns in Top-10 Finish at NCAA Division II East Regional


When and Where: November 4, 2017 – Amherst, N.Y. (Audubon Golf Course)
Result: Southern New Hampshire University – 9th/25 (303)

Sophomore Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) earned United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCA) All-Region accolades Saturday to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's cross country team to a top-10 finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II East Regional at the Audubon Golf Course in Amherst, New York. The Penmen finished ninth overall with a combined total of 303 points.

Couto completed the 6,000-meter course in a time of 23:46.4, which was good enough for No. 17 overall in a field of 173 student-athletes. She adds All-Region honors to her All-Northeast-10 Conference laurels, and wraps up her sophomore campaign as the top Penmen finisher in each of the program's six races.

Sophomore Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) was the second Southern New Hampshire University student-athlete to cross the line, as she navigated the course in 25:11.5. Junior Ashley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) was followed in 25:27.9 before sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) checked in with an official time of 25:43.6. Freshman Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) rounded out the Penmen top-five in 26:18.4, and junior Courtney Burrell (Meredith, N.H.) slotted in just behind her with a time of 27:04.0. Senior Maddie Bardier (Pembroke, N.H.) completed the SNHU contingent after traversing the terrain in 28:13.2.

- Southern New Hampshire improved five spots from the 2016 NCAA Division II East Regional. The Penmen cracked the top-10 for the first time since the 2014 season, as they were 20th in 2015 and 14th in 2016, respectively.
- Assumption College captured the team title with a score of 45 points, and the Greyhounds were followed Stonehill College (46), Roberts Wesleyan University (110), Merrimack College (184) and American International College (192).

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