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No. 32 Women's cross country places 7th at NCAA regionals

Hamilton College's Adrian Walsh '16 and Sarah Ohanesian '14 helped lead the nationally ranked No. 32 Continentals to seventh place out of 38 teams at the 2013 NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships, which were held at Letchworth State Park in Castile, N.Y., on Nov. 16.


Walsh finished seventh and Ohanesian was eighth out of 269 runners, and both put themselves in good shape to qualify as individuals for next Saturday's 2013 NCAA Division III championships. The NCAA field will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The top 35 finishers earn all-region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The all-region award is Walsh's first and Ohanesian's second (also 2012).

Walsh's time of 21 minutes, 34.2 seconds is believed to be the fastest 6-kilometer performance in program history. Ohanesian set a personal best with her time of 21:35.4. Rensselaer's Grace Tilton was the individual winner with a time of 21:07.0.

Samantha Buttrick '17 was the next finisher for Hamilton in 64th place with a season-best time of 23:04.1. Allie Gurney '14 crossed the finish line in 70th place in 23:10.7 and Hannah Kloeckner '14 rounded out the Continentals' top five in 71st place with a time of 23:11.3.

Hamilton ended up with 217 team points. No. 9 New York University captured the team title with 97 points and No. 16 St. Lawrence University was runner-up with 103. No. 10 SUNY Geneseo -- the host institution -- finished fourth, No. 24 SUNY Oneonta was fifth and No. 29 Vassar College was back in ninth place.

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