HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's cross country team will once again be out on the course this weekend when it competes at the New England Championships Saturday morning in Boston. The annual meet will take place on the Franklin Park 5K course.
Head coach Mark Coogan leads his team against some of the top schools in New England and will rely on several members of his team to step up as the top five runners will be given the weekend off from racing.
Junior Kaitlyn D'Orazio (York, Maine), sophomore Bridget End (Summit, N.J.), junior Katie Sullivan (Carmel, N.Y.), senior Elizabeth Short (North Reading, Mass.), sophomore Arianna Vailas (Manchester, N.H.) and seniors Laura Hempel (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Christina Supino (Windham, N.H.) will make up the team competing for the Big Green Saturday.
In Dartmouth's most recent race, sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) led the way at the Paul Short Invitational last Friday with a fourth-place finish (20:22). Fellow sophomore Hannah Rowe (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) followed D'Agostino as the second Big Green runner to cross the line, doing so 50th overall in 21:27. Senior Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.) finished 10 seconds later, 59th overall.
A strong showing from the Dartmouth sophomore class at the Paul Short had Katelyn Walker (Shaker Heights, Ohio) as the third sophomore in Dartmouth's top four finishers at Lehigh when she crossed the line 92nd in 22:08. She was followed closely by D'Orazio in 22:10 to secure the final scoring spot for the Big Green in 96th place. The team finished eighth overall in a field of 45 teams with 301 points.
Boston College is the defending champion in the women's race, as it scored an impressive 26 points in a field of 47 teams. The Big Green finished sixth at this meet with 221 points in 2010.
The varsity 5K race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.