MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's cross country team has been predicted to finish third at the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The Penmen accumulated 157 points by a vote of the league's coaches, and the results of the poll were released Friday.
Stonehill College finished atop the poll with 196 points and 14 first-place tallies. Merrimack College checked in behind the nine-time defending champion Skyhawks with 182 points and the other first-place vote. SNHU slotted in third with (157) ahead of Saint Anselm (143) and Assumption (139).
Southern New Hampshire finished in seventh place at the 2017 NE10 Cross Country Championships and returns five student-athletes that competed a season ago. Junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) is the top returning competitor from the last two NE10 championships. Her 18:42.1 clocking for 5k on the Hopkinton course two weeks ago at the Bruce Kirsh Cup was her top performance this season. It ranked as the seventh best performance in Penmen history. Freshman Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.) has notched three NE10 Rookie of the Week awards as she prepares for her first NE10 Championship.
The Penmen, who are ranked No. 5 in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) East Region poll, compete in the 2018 NE10 Cross Country Championships at the Hopkinton, N.H. Fairgrounds on Sunday (November 4) at 12:15 p.m.
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