Bears Earn Regional Ranking

NEW LONDON, CONN.--(9/20/11)--The Coast Guard Academy women's cross country team has earned a regional ranking for the first time in five years by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Bears, who have posted back-to-back second place finishes to open the 2011 season, are ranked 10th in the newest New England Division III poll.

Freshman Bethany Gollin was the overall winner leading Coast Guard to a second place finish among 16 teams at the season opening Smith College Invitational. Gollin won with a time of 19:43.

Last week, the Bears placed second at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational, the second place finish ties the program's best finish at that Invitational.

Coast Guard placed three runners in the top 20 among a field of over 200 runners. Freshman Beth Gollin was again Bears top finisher finishing in 8th place with a time of 18:40. Junior Sarah Blatt and freshman Ellie Wu finished next covering the 5k course in 19:14 and 19:17 placing 15th and 19th respectively.

The Bears will compete at the Williams Purple Valley Classic on Saturday.