MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's cross country team has been predicted to finish eighth at the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The Penmen accumulated 110 points by a vote of the league's coaches, and the results of the poll were released Thursday.
Stonehill College finished atop the poll with 195 points and 13 first-place tallies. Assumption College checked in behind the eight-time defending champion Skyhawks with 178 points and the remaining two first-place votes, while American International College (168), Merrimack College (147) and Bentley University (128) rounded out the top-five. SNHU slotted in behind Le Moyne College (121) and Adelphi University (120).
Southern New Hampshire finished No. 11 at the 2016 NE10 Cross Country Championships and returns three student-athletes that competed a season ago. Sophomore Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) is the top returning competitor from last year's NE10 championship, and has finished first for the Penmen in each of the team's four races thus far in 2017. Couto captured the individual title at both the Vermont Tech Invitational on September 9 and the Bruce Kirsch Cup on September 16.
The Penmen, who are ranked No. 10 in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA), compete in the 2017 NE10 Cross Country Championships at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts on Sunday (October 22) at 11 a.m.
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