#25 Stonehill Places 18th at NCAA Championships

Junior Jill Alves finished 77th out of 187 overall to lead the Skyhawks to an 18th place finish. 

Alves leads Skyhawks individually with 77th place showing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 4, 2010) – Stonehill College turned in an 18th place finish today at the NCAA Division II women's cross country championships held at E.P. "Tom " Sawyer State Park as part of the 2010 NCAA Fall Championships Festival this afternoon.

Grand Valley State University took the team title with 66 points to top second-place Western State University (95 points) and seven-time defending national champions Adams State University (98). Shippensburg University junior Neely Spence captured the individual championship as she completed the six-kilometer course in 20:41.2 to lead the Raiders to fourth as a team. Stonehill compiled 510 points for its 18th place finish out of 24 teams competing today.

Junior co-captain Jill Alves (Whitman, Mass./Whitman-Hanson) led the way for Stonehill with her time of 23:07.3 to place 77th overall (out of 187 competitors) and place 63rd among scoring

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runners. Freshman Emily Regan (Hanson, Mass./Whitman-Hanson) was strong in her first championship race with a time of 23:45.0 to place 113th overall and 97th among scoring runners. Junior Kristen Mahoney (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) finished 129th in 23:57.0, while sophomore Stephanie Wilson (Wayzata, Minn./Hopkins) was 134th in 24:09.1.

Stonehill, ranked first in the East Regional rankings all year long, was making its 12th-straight appearance in the NCAA Championships after winning the NCAA East Regional at Franklin Park for the second straight year while also capturing its second-straight Northeast-10 Conference title this fall.