October 27, 2012

UMW Women's Cross Country Wins 2012 CAC Championship; Men Finish Second

The University of Mary Washington women's cross country team won its first Capital Athletic Conference championship in six years on Saturday, as the Eagles saw seven runners finish in the top 18 to take home their 14th league title since 1991 at the championships, held in Frostburg, Md. The Eagle men finished in second place, 14 points behind York College.

The women finished first with 29 points, six ahead of second-place York, who had 35. Salisbury followed with 70, then St. Mary's ran fourth with 114, then Marymount fifth with 148, Frostburg sixth with 177, and Wesley seventh with 194.

Sophomore Tara Landy won the women's overall race in gaining CAC Runner of the Year honors. She crossed the finish line of the 6K course in 23:53. Junior Liz Green finished fifth at 24:45, followed by freshman Laura Braney (who was named CAC Rookie of the Year) in sixth place at 24:47, sophomore Trinity Smyth in eighth at 24:48, and freshman Colleen Boyle in ninth at 25:01. Freshman Sam Park was 16th overall at 25:40, followed by Caroline Cerand in 18th at 25:57.

Landy, Green, and Braney took first team all-conference honors, with Smyth and Boyle taking second team honors.

The men finished second with 46 points, 14 behind first-place York, with Salisbury third with 66, St. Mary's fourth with 110, Frostburg fifth with 129, Marymount sixth with 181, and Wesley seventh with 207.

Scott Plunkett finished second overall at 27:15, followed by Jeff Branson in fifth at 27:53, Julian Menk in ninth at 28:08, Nick Eghtessad in 16th at 28:40, Quincy Schmidt in 17th at 2843, Sean Healy 20th at 28:56, and Will Green in 21st at 28:59.

Plunkett and Branson gained first team all-conference honors, while Menk took second team accolades.

Both teams will be in action in two weeks at the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals in Atlanta, Ga. at 11:00 a.m.