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Six of the top seven Hamilton College finishers at the 2012 NCAA Division III Atlantic Region championships return to the women's cross country roster this year. Sarah Ohanesian '14 (17th place) and Lainie Smith '16 (34th) earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-region honors for their performance at the regional meet, and helped Hamilton place 12th out of 39 teams. Ohanesian and Smith finished fourth and 13th, respectively, at the 2012 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships and made the all-conference team for their efforts. Ohanesian leads a senior class that includes Allie Gurney '14, Hannah Kloeckner '14, Hannah Lyons '14, Grace Munro '14 and Kerry Reilly '14. Gurney, Lyons and Ohanesian are the team captains.

Hamilton is a member of NESCAC, which is regarded as the top cross country conference in Division III. From 2000 to 2012, nine NCAA team champions were from the NESCAC. Four NESCAC schools finished in the top 20 at the 2012 NCAA meet. The 2011 individual champion was a NESCAC student-athlete.

The Continentals compete in NESCAC, NYSCTC and NCAA Atlantic Regional championship races. Hamilton will host three races on campus in 2013 -- a short-course meet on Sept. 14, the Continentals' own annual invitational on Oct. 12 and the NYSCTC championships two weeks later. The 2013 NCAA Division III championships will be held in Hanover, Ind., on Nov. 23.

The women's cross country program boasts six All-Americans and has qualified for the NCAA Division III championships four times as a team. From 1999 to 2001, Hamilton advanced to the national meet every year. Four athletes emerged with five All-America honors from that impressive three-year run. Maggie Hanson '02 (1999 and 2001) is the program's lone two-time All-American, and Jen Cammarano '03 (2001), Kaitlin Nelson '01 (2000) and Ann Toth '02 (1999) all earned one award. The Continentals also qualified for the national championships in 1995. Hamilton enjoyed its best NCAA finish in 1999 when the team ended up in seventh place. Amy Gurney '82 was the program's first All-American in 1981.

Meredith FitzPatrick '11 qualified for the NCAA championships in 2007. FitzPatrick capped a fine rookie season by finishing in 18th place at the NCAA Atlantic Regional, and her performance was good enough to get into the national meet. FitzPatrick earned all-region and NYSCTC all-conference honors before the year was over. In 2010, FitzPatrick and classmate Maddy Gunter '11 wrapped up their cross country careers with all-conference honors based on their performance at the NYSCTC championships. FitzPatrick made the first team and Gunter landed on the second team. FitzPatrick went on to capture her second all-region award.

Hamilton posted runner-up finishes in the NYSCTC championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Hanson was the individual champion in 1999 and Sarah Grygiel '83 captured first place at the 1982 race. The Continentals have finished in the top three at NCAA regionals four times since head coach Ellen Hull joined Hamilton in 1993.

Exceptional academic performance is another important part of this program. Ohanesian, Lyons, Reilly, Krystina Choinski '15 and Emily Heckman '13 made the 2012 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. Emily Potter '12 was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa -- the nation's oldest honor society -- in 2012 and Kate Hails '10 was elected in 2010. In 2011, the program qualified for the USTFCCCA all-academic team award for the fourth time.