Senior Caroline Carr
Senior Caroline Carr

Women's Cross Country Captures Third Place Finish At Patriot League Championship

Holy Cross Athletics   10-29-2016


Results: 3rd out of 10 Teams (78 points)
 Patriot League Championship
Location: Easton, Pa. (Lafayette)
Date:  Saturday, October 29, 2016
Distance: 6K
The Lead: Junior Hannah Jeter ran for the sixth place overall finish with a time of 21:41.4 at the Patriot League Championship hosted by Lafayette in Easton, Pa, as the Holy Cross women’s cross country team took third place, with 78 points on Saturday morning.

 HOW IT HAPPENED:                                 

  • Right behind Jeter in seventh place was junior Annie Sullivan who ran for a time of 21:53.6. Senior Rachel Sowinski was the third runner for Holy Cross, finishing 15th overall with a time of 22:08.4.
  • Senior Caroline Carr took the 22nd spot with a time of 22:36.7, good for ranking fourth on the team for the Crusaders. Following Carr was senior captain Mary Welsh who ran for the 28th spot with a time of 22:42.7. Rounding off the top seven was juniors Kate Spitler and Zoe Matherne, who finished 35th and 36th, respectively.
  • Bucknell captured the title, as Christine Bendzinski finished first for the Bison with a time of 21:07.


  • The Crusaders’ third-place finish marks the teams’ best performance in the Patriot League Championship since 2001, when Holy Cross tied for third place with Lehigh with 106 points. 
  • Jeter and Sullivan were both named first team All-Patriot League for finishing in the top seven. The last time two Crusaders received All-Patriot League honors in a single season was in 1994. 
  • Jeter's sixth place finish is the best individual performance for the Crusaders in the Patriot League Championship since 2010. Jeter has placed in the top 10 at the Patriot League Championship for three straight years. 


  • Jeter was named the Turnpike Trophy MVP for the women’s race for her sixth place finish, crossing the finish line before any Boston University or teammate from Holy Cross runner and helping the Crusaders to a third place finish.
  • For the men’s race, Boston University’s Paul Luevano won the MVP award for his third-place finish with a time of 24:58, which was in front of all the other Terrier and Crusader runners.
  • This athletic series between the Crusaders and Terriers awards points for all head-to-head victories in both the regular season and postseason, with the Turnpike Trophy going to the school that accumulates the most points at the end of the academic year.
  • Boston University holds a 4-1 lead in the season series after the Terriers won in women’s soccer (Oct. 19), field hockey (Oct. 25), men’s soccer (Oct. 26) and men’s cross country today. The Holy Cross women’s cross country team posted the first victory for the Crusaders this season in the rivalry series.
  • The Turnpike Trophy competition continues on Oct. 30, as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete against each other that day. The men will play in Boston, as the women will be at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex in Worcester. For the schedule of the Turnpike Trophy games go here


  • Holy Cross returns to action for the NCAA Northeast Regional hosted by Fordham in the Bronx, N.Y. on Friday, Nov. 11.


  • Stay up to date with the cross country teams by following them @HCrossTFXC. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive all breaking news and information by clicking here.

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