NEW LONDON, Conn.-The Coast Guard women's cross country team took advantage of a fast course and great conditions on Saturday as many runners posted career and season bests at the Connecticut College Invitational hosted at Harkness Memorial Park.
The Bears placed eighth overall (206 points) at the 21 team invitational among some top regional competition with Tufts taking the team victory (52 points).
Junior Beth Gollin was the top finisher for the Bears, posting a career-best 6K performance where she crossed the line in 22:34 in 14th position. Gollin was backed up by senior captain Meghan Kalinowski who was next in for the Bears running 23:17 and finishing 37th overall. Third among the Bears was sophomore Carrie Smith who posted a season-best 6K performance by nearly 40 seconds.
The final two runners in scoring position who set a great tone for the day in the 6K were junior Kendall Auth (61st, 23:48) and freshman Bonny Turnage (65th, 23:59). Coast Guard number six and seven runners were freshman Jenn Haley (69th, 24:09) and sophomore Jessica Mulroy (85th, 24:25) also posted solid 6K performances.
"We walked away from today's meet feeling confident with where we are, but everyone is getting hungry to compete at the post season. We're looking forward to getting back to work on Monday as we prep for NEWMAC's at Franklin Park," said head coach Ethan Brown.
Coast Guard will return to action on Sunday, November 3rd when they travel to Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships.