Couto Finishes Fourth, Women's Cross Country Runs Sixth at NE10 Championship

Couto Finishes Fourth, Women's Cross Country Runs Sixth at NE10 Championship


When and Where: November 4, 2018 – Hopkinton, N.H. (Hopkinton Fair Grounds)---Distance: 6k
Result: Southern New Hampshire University – 6th/15 (175)

Junior Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) cruised across the finish line in 22:09.72 on Sunday to finish fourth overall, and lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's cross country team to a sixth-place showing at the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Cross Country Championship at the Hopkinton, N.H. Fairgrounds.  

Couto's efforts landed her on the All-NE10 First Team, which marks the second consecutive season she has garnered All-Conference recognition. She improved her performance by nine spots from a season ago, when she ran 13th at Stanley Park.

Freshman Grace Henson (Cumberland, R.I.) was next in for the Penmen, in 21st place, in 22:52.99.  The three-time NE10 Rookie of the Week landed on the All-NE10 Third Team in her rookie season. 

Junior Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) followed with a time of 23:21.75 (31st place).  Senior Ashley Dennis (Conventry, R.I.) crossed the line in 24:23.08 while freshman Ashley Corcoran (East Longmeadow, Mass.) traversed the course in 25:25.22.  Freshman Olivia Coco (Bedford, N.H.) came in at 27:03.61 in her first 6k run. 

- The Penmen improved one spot from the 2017 NE10 Championship, and earn a top-10 spot for the fifth time in six seasons.
- All six racers for SNHU established personal bests at the 6k distance.  Couto's time was the third fastest 6k in SNHU history behind only two runs by Laura O'Hanlon.
- Stonehill College captured the team title for the 10th consecutive season with a combined total of 20 points. The Skyhawks were followed by Merrimack College (89), Assumption College (145), College of St. Rose (164), Adelphi University (168) and Southern New Hampshire (175).  LeMoyne College (175) followed while St. Anselm College (203) came in eighth place.  The Penmen earned a Queen City Cup point by finishing ahead of the Hawks.
- Stonehill had four of the top five finishers around Couto.  Junior Anna Lastra was first in at 21:57.39 while teammate Sam Curtin, a sophomore, was second at 22:03.14.
- Two of the top scorers for the Penmen did not compete

What's Next:
Southern New Hampshire is back in action on November 17 when it travels to Bethpage, N.Y. for the 2018 NCAA Division II East Regional Championships.

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