New Gloucester, Maine - The Trinity College women's cross country team, led by Head Coach George Suitor (26th season), travels to Bates College this weekend to race in the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Cross Country Championship on Saturday, October 28 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. The Bantams, who finished 10th out of 11 teams at last fall's championship meet, will look to continue a stellar 2017 season that has seen them win a pair of invitationals and finish second and fourth, respectively, in two other races.
Trinity senior co-captain Briana Daley (Oak Park, Ill.) has been the leader for the Bantams in four of the team's five races this autumn. Daley finished third at the Trinity Invitational and finished fifth at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational and the James Earley Invitational. Trinity won its own invitational to kick off the fall and claimed first place out of 33 teams at the James Earley Invitational at the beginning of the month. Sophomores Grace Harrison (Montclair, N.J.) and Samantha Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) have had strong falls, highlighted by a sixth and ninth place finishes at the Earley Invitational held in Westfield, Massachusetts. In that same race, Bantam senior co-captain Hannah Ells (Amesbury, Mass.) added a 14th-place time of 19:22.84, sophomore Nina Bourgeois (Rochester, Mass.) came in 24th place at 19:32.67, and junior Anna Barnes (Storrs, Conn.) was 34th at 19:47.74 in one of the teams' best all-around performances of the fall.
Trinity enters the NESCAC Championships ranked No. 8 in the New England region while six other conference opponents also rank in the top-ten. The 35th edition of the annual meet begins with the men's 8-kilometer race at noon, followed by the women's 6-kilometer race at 1 p.m.