Bears Place 12th at NE Championships

PORTLAND, Maine--The Coast Guard Academy women's cross country team place 12th overall among 53 scoring teams at the Division III New England Regional Championships.

Their finish today is a 5-place improvement on their 17th place finish last year and their best team performance since taking 10th in 2006. 

Junior Beth Gollin placed 35th at the Division III New England Regional Championships to earn her first All-New England honors in cross country. Gollin was out in her first mile at 5:47 amongst the top 50 runners in the race and made several passes through the race to edge out an Amherst runner to take the 35th and final All-New England spot. Gollin's finish was her career fastest 6K race where she crossed the finish line in 22:16.

Next to cross the finish line Coast Guard's second scoring position was sophomore Carrie Smith who had an outstanding performance and her career best performance running 22:51 to place 63rd in the field of 371 runners. Smith's best 6K time before this race was 23:30.

Coming in third for the Bears was freshman Gretchen Krause posting a 6K time of 23:07 finishing 81st. Coast Guard's #4 runner was senior captain Meghan Kalinowski breaking the tape at 23:15 and in 90th place. To round out the scoring 5 runners for Coast Guard was freshman Jennifer Haley posting a personal record of 23:53 in 121st position.

"This was a significant improvement on our performances today and throughout the season," said Coast Guard head coach Ethan Brown. "Our team is beginning to see their potential and some great possibilities for the future. I'm very pleased with our racing for the day and hopeful that we can build on this in years to come."

The women's team closes out their season and begin preparing for the indoor track program. Meanwhile, Gollin will await to hear word on if she qualifies for the NCAA Championships to be held next Saturday in Hanover, IL. Qualifying athletes will be announced Sunday.

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