By: Pat Salvas
BOSTON â€“ The Dartmouth women’s cross country team finished second at the 2019 New England Championship at Franklin Park Saturday morning.
The Big Green nearly won, but were bested by in-state rival UNH, 65-63, for the top spot on the podium on the 5K course.
A pair of top-10 finishes paced the team, led by senior Lauren Sapone in second place thanks to a time of 17:44. Sophomore Breanna Glover was eighth, crossing in 17:58 and boosting Dartmouth’s impressive team point total.
Junior Rachel Ludwikwoski also had a strong day on the course, taking 11th in 18:11. Julia Stevenson (18th, 18:23) and Caroline Robitaille (26th, 18:36) rounded out the scoring and nearly helped the Green and White come away with the regional title. But the Wildcats picked up the team win, thanks in large part to three top-10 finishers, including Shannon Murdock in first.
The meet was dominated by the two Granite State programs as just two points separated them. UMass took third with 128 points, nearly twice as many as the second-place Big Green, while Quinnipiac and Holy Cross tied for fourth with 143.