Dorchester, Mass. – Freshman Alex Jeannotte (Agawam, Mass.) was the first Clark University runner to cross the finish line as the Cougars turned in a tenth place team performance at the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) cross country championships on Sunday morning at Franklin Park.
Jeannotte was 58th, finishing the 5K course in 21:27, while the Cougars second finisher, Saraneh Fitzgerald (Norfolk, Mass.) was 61 st in a time of 21:50.
Another freshman, Kelsey Herod (Lancaster, N.Y.) was next to run through the chute for Clark, wrapping up the course in 22:26, good for 67th place. She was followed by Erin Wurtemberger (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Yaffa Fain (Hamden, Conn.), who finished in 69th and 70th places, respectively.
MIT, which is currently ranked fourth nationally, placed six runners in the top 10 to earn its seventh consecutive championship.
Led by the NEWMAC Runner of the Year, junior Elaine McVay, the Engineers finished with 23 points, well ahead Wellesley College, which finished second for the fifth straight season with 70 points. Coast Guard Academy was third, followed by Wheaton College in fourth, and Smith College in fifth, just three points behind the Lyons.
Clark will be back in action next weekend when they take part in the ECAC Championships.