Women's Cross Country Places 17th At 2018 New England Championships

Women's Cross Country Places 17th At 2018 New England Championships


When and Where: October 6, 2018 – Boston, Mass. (Franklin Park)
Distance:  Women's race, 5k
Results: Southern New Hampshire University – 17th/24 (168)

The Penmen finished in 17th place in the 24 team field at the 2018 New England (NEICAAA) cross country championships on Saturday afternoon.  


  • Junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) led the squad, turning in a 52nd place finish in 19:18.55.  
  • Freshman Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.) turned in another strong effort, running 19:25.24, good for 63rd place.
  • Sophomore Maura Coakley (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) in 19:53.25 and senior Ashley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) in 20:50.30 were next among Penmen runners.


  • Couto ran her personal best of 18:53.9 at this event in 2017 when she finished fourth among NCAA Division II competitors.  
  • SNHU improved from a 24th place finish last year and 28th place in 2016.
  • The women's race was won by Boston College, who placed their top runners in second, third, and fourth with a team score of 27.
  • Natalie Bettez of Tufts won the race by a little over four seconds in 17:57.85.


  • The Penmen will compete next at the Bruce Kirsh Cup on Saturday, October 20 at the Hopkinton Fair Grounds.  

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