BRISTOL, R.I. - The Roger Williams University women's cross country team won The Commonwealth Coast Conference title for the 11th year in a row on its home course at Colt State Park on Saturday.
Led by Liliana Rutler, whose first-place finish of 23:50.68 earned her TCCC Runner of the Year honors, the Hawks placed five runners in the top 12 to defeat the runner-up University of New England by ten points, 39-49.
Rutler covered the 6-kilometer course in 23:50 to win by 37 seconds over Kayley Ryan [Portland, Conn.] of Salve Regina University, who was named TCCC Rookie of the Year. Her time moves her into fifth place all-time at Roger Williams in the 6K.
Also receiving All-TCCC honors were Alexis Gallipoli [Branford, Conn.] of Salve Regina University (3rd, 24:28), Colleen Ahern (4th, 24:37) and Jess Partlow (5th, 24:38) of the University of New England. Thais Ziegenhals (6th, 24:45) of Gordon College, and Kellie Hackett (9th, 25:02) and Heather Pederson (10th, 25:04) of the University of New England. Kimberly DeCosta of Curry College was named TCCC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Western New England College received the Team Sportsmanship Award.
Roger Williams freshman Vanessa Camiolo and junior Kaitlin Crowley joined Rutler on the TCCC All-Conference team, placing 7th and 8th with respective times of 24:50 and 24:53.
Coming into the race, Roger Williams' head coach Sean Livingston, who was named TCCC Coach of the Year, knew that winning the another title would be more difficult this season than in years past.
"We were most certainly the underdogs as we lost to UNE and Salve Regina in every meet we saw them at prior to today. I think the ladies were fired, as we were home and we trained on the course quite a bit. I told them it would take a total team effort to get this done today, and like they have for the past 11 years, they stepped up in a big way."
Courtesy of Roger Williams sports information