COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Freshmen Emily Middlebrook (Newark, N.Y.) led the Wells College women’s cross country team to a third place finish (72 points) at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship held Saturday at SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, N.Y. Middlebrook made it a clean sweep of the post-season awards, earning NEAC Runner of the Year, NEAC Rookie of the Year, and NEAC First Team All-Conference, besting the field of 82 runners by over 10-seconds finishing with a time of 19:28.95.
SUNY Cobleskill took the overall nine team championship with 36 points while Cazenovia placed second with 68 points.
The Express had a total of eight runners compete in the championship. Lindsey Guzewicz (Auburn, N.Y.) placed eighth with a time 20:48.95 and Brienne Goodson (Deansboro, N.Y.) placed 13th with a time of 21:21.56, earning both runners a selection to the NEAC All-Conference Second Team.
Anastasia Benson (Rockford, Ill.) placed 33rd with a time of 22:59.54, Veronica Frisenda placed 36th with a time of 23:18.49, Sarah Deschenes (Keene, N.H.) placed 52nd with a time of 25:16.51, Tara Wild (Gardiner, N.Y.) crossed the finish line in 53rd place with a time of 25:23.13, and Danielle King (Webster, N.Y.) placed 80th with a time of 31:28.66 to round out the highlights for the Express.
Head Coach Julie Bailey was also named NEAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by a panel of her peers. Bailey helped lead the women’s team to one first place finish and five top five finishes on the season.