Women's cross country finishes first at Bruce Kirsh Cup

Women's cross country finishes first at Bruce Kirsh Cup

HOPKINTON, N.H. – Paced by three top-10 finishers, the Saint Anselm College women's cross country team finished first out of seven competing institutions at the Bruce Kirsh Cup held at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds.


For Saint Anselm, Saturday's results mark the first time since the 2011 season in which the Hawks have claimed a first place team victory. The Hawks entered the race ranked fourth in the East Region, according to the USTFCCCA, and edged four fellow Northeast-10 Conference institutions on the 5K course.

Freshman Christine Toy (Standish, Maine) crossed the line in fourth place out of 73 student-athletes, leading all first-year runners with a time of 19:51.8. Classmate Delaney Flanagan (Bedford, N.H.) was sixth with a time of 19:54.7 and senior Maq Dimastrantonio (Shapleigh, Maine) rounded out the top 10 with a personal record 5K time of 20:03.9.

Sophomore Samantha Matthews (Groveland, Mass.) placed 14th (20:13.4) with junior captain Emily Ryan (Woburn, Mass.) rounding out the Hawks scorers with a PR time of 20:15.7. Sophomore Leanne Guimond (Barnstable, Mass.) cracked the top-20 for Saint Anselm with a time of 20:27.8.

Sophomore Lia Guerette (Ellington, Conn.) navigated the course in 20:43.1, placing 21st with a PR, and classmates Ellen Duane (Braintree, Mass.), Sarah Mullen (Seekonk, Mass.) and Dominique Engle (Rutland, Mass.) recorded times south of 21:30.

Another trio of sophomores, Catie Callinan (Litchfield, N.H.), Holly O'Leary (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Ava Nardelli (Brockton, Mass.), cracked the race's top-50 finishers.