Springfield, Mass.-Freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, RI), the reigning LEC Runner and Rookie of the Week, had another impressive race for the Rhode Island College women's cross country team on Saturday, leading the Anchorwomen to a second place finish (9 teams) at the 2017 Western New England University Invitational. Cousineau recorded a third place finish (25:47) for RIC.
• The Anchorwomen finished with 79 points, while Westfield State took home the team title with 54 points on the afternoon.
• There were a total of nine complete teams and 99 runners competing at the event.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Cousineau was the Anchorwomen's top finisher for the fourth straight week.
• Sophomore Analise England (Smithfield, RI) clocked a time of 31:25, which was good for a 50th place finish, while classmate Nicaury Nunez (Providence, RI) rounded out the runners for the Anchorwomen, finishing in 59th place (32:13).
HEAD COACH TIMOTHY RUDD ON THE RACE
• "Today's meet only proved to me what I already knew about our women's cross country program. They are true competitors. Today they had a goal of beating our conference rival UMass Dartmouth. Not only did they dominate our conference foe, they rose high above expectations by claiming second place in the entire meet. Most exhilarating from the whole meet was the fact that we beat New Haven, an NCAA Div. II institution. It is the first time during my tenure as coach of our women's cross country program that we have beaten a Div. II or I program. Competitions like today allow us to continue to grow and improve our program."
BY THE NUMBERS
• The Anchorwomen averaged 29:42 per runner over the 5K course.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2017 Little East Championship, hosted by Keene State on Saturday, Oct. 28.