#16 Women's Cross Country Seeks Seventh-Straight NE-10 Championship

Junior Nicole Borofski finished in second place at last years NE-10 Championships with a time of 24:43.0

Skyhawks aim to extend NE-10 record of 13 championships

EASTON, Mass. (October 23, 2015) – The Stonehill College women's cross country team, ranked 16th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II poll, and ranked first in the East Region, will look to capture its seventh consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship and 14th overall this Sunday in Colchester, Vermont, hosted by Saint Michael's College. The women's race starts at 10 a.m., followed by the men's championship at 11 a.m.          

Stonehill was picked to finish first in a poll of the league's 15 head coaches with a total of 196 points. The Skyhawks, who have won the conference championship every fall dating back to 2009, received 14 of the 15 first place votes. American International College (181 points) was selected to finish second with a single first place vote, followed by Assumption College (165 points), Merrimack College (153 points), and Adelphi University (155 points).

This past fall, Stonehill surpassed Springfield College for the most women's cross country titles in the NE-10 with 13. The Skyhawks have been a dominant force over the past 15 years, winning 13 titles in 15 tries. The only two years Stonehill did not finish first, in 2005 and 2008, the Skyhawks posted runner-up efforts.

Stonehill will enter Sunday's championship event following the lead of junior captain Nicole Borofski (Plymouth, Massachusetts/Plymouth North), a two-time NE-10 All-Conference selection. She was named to the second team as a freshman in 2013 placing ninth overall (18:47.0), and then the first team as a sophomore with her second place finish (24:43.0). Borofski is also a two-time NCAA All-East Region selection and was named NE-10 Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of her freshman campaign in 2013.

Freshman Makenzie Cyr has three top ten finishes on the year

Borofski has paced Stonehill at two events this year, finishing in first at the Kutztown DII/DIII with a time of 22:41.8 and then sixth at the New England Championships leading the Skyhawks to its highest finish in program history at the event. The junior also posted the fastest time ever for a Skyhawk at Franklin Park, topping the effort of Meghann Shanahan, '05, at the 2002 New England Championships by 21 seconds.

Junior Aisha McAdams (North Kingstown, Rhode Island/North Kingstown) has run in each of Stonehill's last two NE-10 Championships, posting an All-NE-10 first team performance as a freshman in 2013 at the campus of Saint Anselm in Manchester, New Hampshire, with a time of 18:40.0. She turned in a time of 25:40.7 last fall, good for tenth place and All-NE-10 second team honors. This season, McAdams has turned in a top-5 finish, finishing in third place (18:49.8) at the Ted Owens Invitational four weeks ago.

Junior Alexandra Buonfiglio (Lynnfield, Massachusetts/Lynnfield) has also competed in each of the past two NE-10 Championships, earning All-NE-10 second team honors last fall, finishing in 12th place with a time of 25:55.8. Buonfiglio has ran well so far this season, collecting two top ten finishes.  

Sophomore Emily Knox (Worcester, Massachusetts/Notre Dame Academy) will be looking to replicate her performance from last year's NE-10 Championship, as the Worcester, Massachusetts native earned All-NE-10 honors as freshman in 2014. Knox, an All-East Region performer, collected second team honors with her 13th place finish in 25:56.7. Classmate Abby Hersom (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside) also hopes to show well on Sunday, having paced the Skyhawks at last week's Bruce Kirsh Cross Country Cup with a 23rd (15:49.4) place finish.

Freshmen Makenzie Cyr (Douglas, Massachusetts/Douglas) and Jackie Cutillo (Foxboro, Massachusetts/Bishop Feehan) are poised to have big NE-10 Championship performances. Cyr raced out to top ten finishes in her first three races, placing third (19:05) at the Shacklette Invitational, eighth (23:34.6) at the DII/DIII challenge and fourth (18:50.0) at the Ted Owens Invitational. Cutillo also has a top ten performance this fall, finishing seventh (19:17) at the Shacklette Invitational.    

Following this Sunday's NE-10 Championship, the Skyhawks will be off for a week before attempting to win their sixth East Region Championship in the past seven years. The race takes place on Sunday, November 8th at Hopkinton State Fairgrounds in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. This will be the second time this season the Skyhawks have raced at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, placing fourth at the Bruce Kirsh Cross Country Cup.

For the latest on Stonehill Athletics, follow the Skyhawks via social media on Twitter and Facebook.