Women's cross country places eighth at NCAA regionals

Gen Flanders '09 (right) and Meredith FitzPatrick '11 (Grant Fullman photo)
Gen Flanders '09 (right) and Meredith FitzPatrick '11 (Grant Fullman photo)

Gen Flanders '09 and Meredith FitzPatrick '11 delivered all-region performances as they helped Hamilton College to eighth place in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional at St. Lawrence University's 6,000-meter Robert C. Hoffmann Cross Country Course on Nov. 15.

Flanders and FitzPatrick pushed each other to 33rd and 34th place, respectively. The two finished just three seconds apart -- Flanders hit the tape in 24:32 and FitzPatrick followed in 24:35. This is the first all-region honor for Flanders, and the second for FitzPatrick in as many years. All of the top 35 finishers make the all-region team.

Maddy Gunter '11 crossed next for the Continentals in 49th place with a time of 24:54 and Kate Hails '10 was 51st in 24:56. Emily Potter '12 rounded out Hamilton's top five in 54th place with a time of 24:59. Just 27 seconds separated the Continentals' first five runners. A St. Lawrence runner captured the individual title with a time of 22:32.

Hamilton accumulated 221 points, which was good for eighth place in the 30-team field. SUNY Geneseo edged SUNY Cortland by eight points for the team championship. Geneseo ended up with a total of 64. 

The field for the NCAA Division III championship, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, will be finalized by Sunday.

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