Women's Cross Country Finishes Second at Regional, Qualifies for Nationals

Brittany Bowman was the Jumbos' top finisher today

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's cross country team came in second today out of 56 teams at the NCAA Division III New England Regional in Gorham, Maine. The second-place finish earns them an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

The Jumbos finished with a team score of 92, with their top five runners being counted. MIT won with a score of 58 and earned the other automatic bid. Williams was in third with 106.

Senior Brittany Bowman was Tufts' top finisher, coming in third overall with a time of 20:44.2. This is Bowman's fourth race this season that she has finished on top for Tufts.

Natalie Bettez was next for the Jumbos and 11th overall with a time of 21:26.8. Olivia Barnett was 14th with a 21:37.3 over the six-kilometer course.

Carly Curcuru (22:15.6) and Kelsey Tierney (22:16.4) rounded out the top five in 31st and 33rd respectively. Johanna Ross (22:24.2) and Margot Rashba (22:34.5) also competed for the Jumbos.

The second-place finish sends Tufts to the NCAA Championships for the fifth consecutive year. Last year, they finished in eighth out of 32 teams. Nationals this year will be on Nov. 18 at the North Farm Cross Country Facility in Illinois.

This is the second time in the last three seasons that head coach Kristen Morwick's team has been the runner-up at the Regional, including 2015. The Jumbos were third last season.

Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern