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Fannon leads women's XC to 11th place at New Englands

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country team placed four runners among the top 57 out of 357 runners overall, led by an All-New England performance by junior Alicia Fannon, in finishing 11th out of 51 teams on Saturday at the 2011 NCAA Division III New England Regional Cross Country Championship.

Bates scored 302 points, the Bobcats' best tally since 2008, for their third straight 11th-place finish at New Englands, beating 12th-place Wesleyan by 26 points and trailing 10th-place Brandeis by 49.

With the top 35 runners qualifying as All-New England, Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) covered the 6-kilometer course at Bowdoin College in 22:17.80, good for 33rd place. Junior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) finished in 45th at 22:43.00, followed by first-year Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) in 52nd at 22:50.40. Senior captain Jenny Monsulick (Readfield, Maine) came in 57th in 23:01.94, faster than all but seven other teams' fourth runner.

First-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) finished Bates' scoring in 115th place (24:04.72), followed by sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) in 125th (24:11.07) and sophomore Meg Ogilvie (Hopedale, Mass.) in 141st (24:26.15).

Fannon extended the team's streak of All-New England runners to three years, following Esther Kendall '10 in 2009 and Kerri Leonhardt '11 in 2010.

An excellent student as well, Fannon will also receive USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Cross Country honors, based on her cumulative grade point average and her qualification for nationals.