Wellesley XC Runs to 4th at NEWMACs; Cowles Earns All-Conference Honors

Sophomore Grace Cowles earned her first career NEWMAC All-Conference honor on Saturday (Frank Poulin).
Sophomore Grace Cowles earned her first career NEWMAC All-Conference honor on Saturday (Frank Poulin).

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Grace Cowles earned All-Conference honors as Wellesley College cross country ran to fourth place at the 2018 New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Saturday at Smith College. 

MIT (20 points) captured the 2018 NEWMAC crown, followed by runner-up WPI (71), third place Coast Guard (85) and the fourth place Blue (105). Host Smith (133) rounded out the top-five in the team standings, while Coast Guard's Kaitlin Mooney (Manahawkin, N.J.) was the overall winner and NEWMAC Runner of the Year with a time of 18:38. 

Cowles finished ninth overall to lead the Blue with a time of 19:49 in rain soaked conditions on Saturday. Cowles was followed by a pair of Blue first years, as Ariana Marks (Eagle Point, Ore.) took 18th (20:15) and Maya Bradbury (Freeport, Maine) finished 20th in 20:29. Sophomores Samara Shaz (New York, N.Y.) and Ava Shipman (Makawao, Hawaii) rounded out the Wellesley scoring runners in 27th (20:40) and 31st (20:50), respectively. Junior Taylor Mahlandt (Ephrata, Pa.) finished 34th in 20:54 and junior Keiko Hilmo (Saint Paul, Minn.) took 44th (21:12) to rounded out the top-seven for the Blue.
 
Wellesley will travel to Bowdoin College for the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional on Saturday, November 10, at 11:00 AM
 
2018 NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Championship: 
 
Team Standings:
 
1. MIT 20 points
2. WPI - 71 points
3. Coast Guard - 85 points
4. Wellesley - 105 points
5. Smith - 133 points
6. MHC - 144 points
7. Babson - 197 points
8. Wheaton - 207 points
9. Springfield - 234 points
10. Clark - 320 points
11. Emerson - 345 points
 
Runner of the Year: Kaitlin Mooney - Coast Guard
Rookie of the Year: Einat Gavish - MIT
 
All-Conference:
 
1st - Kaitlyn Mooney - Coast Guard - 18:38
2nd - Jenna Melanson - MIT - 18:59
3rd - Leandra Zimmerman - MIT - 19:03
4th - Katie Bacher - MIT - 19:17
5th - Marissa McPhillips - MIT - 19:27
6th - Einat Gavish - MIT - 19:31
7th - Sydney Packard - WPI - 19:34
8th - Katie Collins - MIT - 19:49
9th - Grace Cowles - Wellesley - 19:49
10th - Emily Newman - WPI-19:54
11th - Keely Nistler - WPI - 19:55
12th - Emily Niu - MIT - 19:56
13th - Olivia Suski  - Coast Guard - 19:57
14th - Ari Rosen - WPI - 19:59
15th - Lindsay McCallister - MIT - 19:59
16th - Tessa Weiss - MIT - 20:01
17th - Katherine Leckbee - Wheaton - 20:07