WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - For the second consecutive year, the Worcester State University women's cross country team has won the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.
Junior Elisabeth Olson (Wilmington, Mass.) won the individual championship with a 5k time of 20:03.86 to be named MASCAC Runner of the Year as the teams competed in the MASCAC Championships at Mount Greylock High School.
Senior Mia Rogers (North Dighton, Mass.) followed close behind Olson, finishing the race in third place.
Senior Kelsey Bedard (Leominster, Mass.), freshman Ryann Molinari (Grafton, Mass.), and sophomore Kyra Siano (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished 10th, 11th, and 13th respectively to round out the top five for the Lancers. Bedard's 10th place finish was good for a spot on the All-Conference team, where she was joined by Olson and Rogers.
The Worcester State University men's cross country team finished in fourth place at the meet with a score of 78 points.
Freshman Drew Fottler (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished the 8k course in a time of 28:11.68, good for seventh place, to lead the Lancers. As the top first-year finisher in the race, Fottler was named the MASCAC Rookie of the Year.
Fottler's top-10 performance was good for an All-MASCAC selection, where he was joined by fellow rookie Patrick Carleton (Tewksbury, Mass.), who finished in ninth place overall.
Colin Brennan (Newbury, Mass.), Tim Mahoney (Townsend, Mass.), and Joe Grider (Hopedale, Mass.) rounded out the top five times for the Lancers on Saturday, finishing the race in 19th, 21st, and 28th respectively.
The men's and women's teams will both be off until Nov. 10, when they compete in the Division III New England Championships in Brunswick, Maine.