BOSTON, Mass. – For the second consecutive meet out of just three this season, the Merrimack College women’s cross country team placed first in the team standings as the Warriors won the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park in Boston on Saturday morning.
Results: Merrimack – (1st/17)
Top Finisher: Maddie Mercado (13th – 19:52)
Location: Franklin Park |Boston, Mass.
How It Happened
- As she has done in all three races this season for the Warriors, junior Maddie Mercado (Palenville, N.Y.) once again led the way for the Navy and Gold, posting a top-finish of 13th-place out of 204 runners with a time of 19:52, the fastest time the junior has posted in the 5k this season.
- Sophomore Sophie Gorton (Plymouth, Mass.)continued the strong running she has displayed this season, posting the second-best finish for the Warriors in 18th-place with a time of 20:01. That time is also a season-best for Gorton in the 5k.
- A pair of freshman who have made an immediate impact on the team in Ariel Vaillancourt (Auburn, N.H.) andKatherine Ferrara (Norfolk, Mass.) again cracked the top-five for Merrimack, finish side by side in 26th and 27th-place at times of 20:13 and 20:14, respectively.
- Junior Kylie Reardon (Billerica, Mass.) rounded out Merrimack’s top-five, all of whom finished in the top-30 of the race to lead Merrimack to its second straight first-place finish. Reardon finished in 30th with a time of 20:20 in her second meet of 2016.
The Warriors have two weeks off to rest up and prepare for the postseason, when they will participate in the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston on Saturday, October 8.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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