Women's Cross Country Finishes 4th at NESCAC's Led by Runner-Up Bettez

BOSTON – Senior Natalie Bettez placed second overall as the Jumbos finished fourth out of 11 teams at the NESCAC Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Franklin Park in a six-kilometer event hosted by Tufts.

Bettez earned First Team All-NESCAC Honors on Saturday 

Tufts scored a 124 between the Jumbos' top five finishers. Middlebury compiled a score of 47 to win their 14th conference championship. Williams placed second with a 73. Colby sophomore Sophia Gorman finished first overall individually with her 21:54.8 time.

Bettez clocked a time of 22:08.4 as she earned First Team All-NESCAC honors (top seven). This is the third year in her career that she has earned All-NESCAC honors. The senior also finished second overall in the NESCAC Championship two years ago as a sophomore.

Jumbo senior Olivia Barnett was second on the team with her 23:24.4 time which was good for 24th overall. Freshman Anna Slager had a nice showing in her first NESCAC Championship as she placed third on the team compiling a time of 23:40.3 and a 29th place finish. The other two Jumbos who rounded out the top five finishers were junior Lydia Heely (23:49.1) and senior Kelsey Tierney (23:53.1) who placed 33rd and 36th respectively.

The brown and blue also had junior Jennifer Jackson (24:00.7) and sophomore Alexandra Wolf (24:03.1) finish in the top 50 overall with their 44th and 46th place marks.

Seniors Julia Noble, Caitlin Porrazzo, juniors Nicole Kerrigan, Ann Roberts, and sophomores Olivia Martin Melissa Rowland, Cameron Rusin and Johanna Ross also participated for the Jumbos on Saturday.

Conditions were wet and muddy at the Franklin Park course, where Tufts hosted the conference championship for the first time since 2002. The start time was moved up from the original 1 pm to 10 am due to the weather.

Tufts will next be in action on November 10 when they travel to Bowdoin to compete in the NCAA Regional Championship at 12 pm.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello