August 31, 2012

Women's cross country downs Southern Maine, 25-34, in season opener

WESTON, Mass. -- The Brandeis University women's cross country team, ranked 10th in New England opened their 2012 campaign today with a 25-34 win over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies at Weston High School.
Though the 4.4-kilometer race was won by Southern Maine's Molly Carl in 17:51, Brandeis produced seven of the top 10 finishers to take the nine-point win. Leading the way were a pair of juniors. Victoria  Sanford (Langrangeville, N.Y./Arlington) and Ali Kirsch (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) were neck-and-neck, crossing the finish line in 18:06. USM's Morgan Beede was fourth in 18:15, while Brandeis's Erin Bisceglia (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug), who is back as a graduate student, was fifth in 18:25. Hannah Wiley of the Huskies was sixth in 18:38, followed by Brandeis sophomore Kristi Pisarik (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford). 

A trio of Brandeis rookies finished with a time of 19:31 to place eighth through 10th: Kelsey Whitaker (Kingston, Mass./Notre Dame Acad.); Molly Paris (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth); and Maggie Hensel (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna).

Brandeis returns to action on September 15th, when the Judges travel to their first multi-team meet, the UMass Dartmouth Shriner's Invitational.

RESULTS
Brandeis v USM @ Weston HS
Distance: 4,400m

1: Molly Carl USM - 17:51
2: Victoria Sanford Bran - 18:06
3: Ali Kirsch Bran - 18:06
4: Morgan Beede USM - 18:15
5: Erin Bisceglia Bran - 18:25
6: Hannah Wiley USM: 18:38
7: Kristi Pisarik Bran - 19:10
8: Kelsey Whitaker Bran - 19:31
9: Molly Paris Bran - 19:31
10: Maggie Hensel Bran - 19:31
11: Brooke Maddon USM - 19:42
12: Emily Panciera USM - 19:42
13: Katherine McWilliams USM - 19:42
14: Chelsie Oldfield  USM - 19:42
15: Brooke Davis USM - 19:42
16: Hannah Damron USM - 19:42
17: Nora Owens Bran - 19:48
18: Rachel Keller Bran - 20:01
19: Sophie Hess USM - 20:39
20: Jaqui Black USM - 21:36
21: Anna Whitaker USM - 21:47

Team Score
Brandeis 25 (2,3,5,7,8)
USM 34 (1,4,6,11,12)