MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 29 Wesleyan women's cross country team heads to Williamstown, Massachusetts on Saturday for the 2019 NESCAC Championships. The meet is hosted by Williams College and will take place at Mount Greylock High School. The men's 8K race begins at noon, while the women's 6K follows at 1:00 p.m.
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Last year, the Cardinal's third-place finish was its best since the 1984 season when they won their first title, as Wesleyan looks to place in the top-three again this year. The 2019 campaign has been highlighted by the squad's ninth-place finish at the Connecticut College Invite on October 19th. All eight teams ahead of Wesleyan were ranked in the top-34, including No. 4 Williams (second place), No. 6 Tufts (third place) and No. 18 Middlebury (sixth place).
CARDINALS TO WATCH:
- Similar to last season, Becky Lopez-Anido and Sara Pinsonault continue to push each other as the top-two runners for Wesleyan. Lopez-Anido opened the season winning the Little Three Championship, eclipsing her previous personal record in the 4K by 49 seconds. Pinsonault has been the top runner for the Cardinals the last two races, placing in the top-50 at the Paul Short Run and 26th at the Connecticut College Invite. Pinsonault and Lopez-Anido led the team to last year's historic finish, as they placed seventh and eighth, respectively, to earn All-NESCAC honors.
- The Cardinals have seen a lot of movement in spots three through five this season. Emma Trapani placed second for Wesleyan at the Little Three Championship, while Sara Greene was third at the Paul Short Run. At the competitive Connecticut College Invite, first-year Jane Hollander was the third runner across the line for Wesleyan, placing 68th in a field of 365, while Greene was fourth for the Cardinals, placing in the top-100. Rookies Miranda Graves and Mariah Saunders have also scored points for Wesleyan this year.
Last year, Middlebury won its 14th NESCAC Championship and first since 2014 with all five runners placing in the top-15. Sophia Gorman of Colby won the conference crown in 2018 with a time of 21:54.8 and most recently placed fifth at the Connecticut College Invite in a field of 365.