Couto’s Top-Five DII Finish Highlights Women’s Cross Country’s Performance at New England Championships

RESULTS 

When and Where: October 7, 2017 – Boston, Mass. (Franklin Park)
Result: Southern New Hampshire University – 24th/28 (671)

Sophomore Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) finished fourth amongst NCAA Division II student-athletes and No. 42 overall on Saturday, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's cross country team took part in the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.

Couto crossed the finish line in 18:53.9, which is tied for the 11th-fastest time in program history. It also marks a personal best for Couto, eclipsing her prior mark of 19:14 at the Vermont Tech Invitational on September 9.

Graduate student Emily Loughlin (Jaffrey, N.H.) was next in for Southern New Hampshire in a time of 20:45.2. Sophomore Jill Dieterich (Commack, N.Y.) followed in a time of 20:51.1 before junior Ashley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) turned in a time of 21:16.6. Sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) rounded out the Penmen top-five in 21:37.3, and senior Maddie Bardier (Pembroke, N.H.) and junior Courtney Burrell (Meredith, N.H.) completed the SNHU contingent in 22:53.2 and 23:43.1, respectively. 

Notes:
- The race consisted of 194 student-athletes from 28 NCAA Division I, II and III institutions.
- Heather MacLean of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst captured the individual title in a time of 17:36.1
- The University of New Hampshire took home team honors with a total score of 101. The Wildcats were followed by Boston College (119), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (131), the University of Vermont (188) and UMass Amherst (191).

What's Next:
The Penmen are back in action Sunday, October 22 when they take part in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.

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