Women Dominate New England Cross Country Championships

Oct. 10, 2003

Boston, MA - The Women's Cross Country team competed today at the New England Championships at Franklin Park where the Brown harriers had unmatched depth and strength. The Varsity Bears came out on top of a talented crowd of 41 schools. This marks the first win for Brown's Varsity squad at the New England meet.

The women ran patiently and steadily moved up as a close pack through the race of 287 women. This type of supportive team running led to a gap of only 28 seconds between Brown's first and fifth runners. Sophomore Anya Davidson (Brunswick, ME) was the first Bear across the line, breaking into the top 10 with a finish of 18:12; this mark was a 35 second best for Davidson. Sophomore Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) was next in 15th in 18:17. Junior Rachel Kitson (Chapel Hill, NC) and Senior Caci Cambruzzi (Cincinnati, OH) finished together, each with a personal best, for 23rd and 24th place in 18:31. To round out the top five, Julie Komosinski (San Diego, CA) ran in 36th in 18:40. Senior Captain Kristin Ware (Indianapolis, IN) and Junior Emma Sarro (Chatham, NY) each set a personal best of 19 seconds to finish in 49th (18:50) and 57th (18:54), respectively.

The Varsity women finished with a strong team score of 105; Trinity and Middlebury tied for second with 130.

This impressive day began with the Junior Varsity race, where the Brown women commanded the first race from the gun. Sophomore Annie Hatch (Tacoma, WA) and Freshman Michol Monaghan (Uniontown, PA) took the lead early. Rhode Island native Lindsay Vieira of URI challenged in the second mile and led until a quarter mile to the finish. Hatch used her middle-distance speed to close the gap and crossed the line first out of a field of 280. She retained the individual Junior Varsity title won a year ago by Cambruzzi. Monaghan finished strongly in third (19:03) for a 44 second improvement, and classmate Heather Driscoll (North Falmouth, MA) took fourth in 19:13. Sophomore Jilane Rodgers (Brea, CA) captured 5th with a time of 19:20 and Senior 800 meter runner Katherine Kosub (San Antonio, TX) made her 2003 cross country debut with a 7th place finish of 19:23.

This front-running led to a near perfect score of 16; the next school was Middlebury with 59.

The Bears will use this exceptional day as momentum as they compete next in New York City on October 31 for the Heptagonal Championships.

Top Ten Varsity Team Scores:
1. Brown University- 105
2. Middlebury- 130
3. Trinity-130
4. University of Connecticut- 185
5. University of Mass., Amherst- 217
6. Williams- 272
7. Boston University- 275
8. Vermont- 295
9. University of Rhode Island- 318
10. Yale- 322

Individual Varsity Top Ten:
1. Aly Venti, Amherst, 17:44
2. Marisa Clapp, Springfield, 17:45
3. Kristen Meyer, Univ Connecticut, 17:56
4. Christina Kane, Trinity, 18:00
5. Kristen Coon, UnivRhode Island, 18:02
6. Jessica Manzer, Middlebury, 18:06
7. Kyle MacQueen, Univ Connecticut, 18:07
8. Shauneen Garrahan, Amherst, 18:07
9. Beverly Whelan, Harvard, 18:09
10. Anya Davidson, Brown, 18:12

Brown Varsity Finishers (out of 287):
10. Anya Davidson 18:12
15. Anna Willard 18:15
23. Rachel Kitson 18:31
24. Caci Cambruzzi 18:31
36. Julie Komosinski 18:40
49. Kristin Ware 18:50
57. Emma Sarro 18:54
Full Varsity Results

Top Ten Junior Varsity Team Scores:
1. Brown University- 16
2. Middlebury College- 59
3. University of New Hampshire- 81
4. Harvard- 124
5. Williams- 171
6. Stonehill- 212
7. Sacred Heart- 138
8. University of Vermont- 270
9. Bates- 292
10. Tufts University- 294

Individual Junior Varsity Top Five:
1. Annie Hatch, Brown,18:41
2. Lindsay Vieira, URI, 18:53
3. Michol Monaghan, Brown, 19:03
4. Heather Driscoll, Brown, 19:13
5. Jilane Rodgers, Brown, 19:20

Brown Junior Varsity Finishers (out of 280):
1. Annie Hatch, 18:41
3. Michol Monaghan, 19:03
4. Heather Driscoll, 19:13
5. Jilane Rodgers, 19:20
7. Katherine Kosub, 19:23
27. Kathleen Loughlin, 19:55
29. Madeleine Marecki, 20:00
98. Emily Israeli, 21:02
Full Junior Varsity Results