Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women’s cross country team, coached by George Suitor (29th Season), opens up the 2019 season with the annual Trinity Invitational on Saturday, September 7 at Wickham Park in Manchester. Led by senior co-captains Nina Bourgeois (Rochester, Mass.) and Samantha Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), the Bantams expect to be an improved group that will peak at the right time. Trinity was ninth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and 15th in New England last fall, but looks for a jump in the region's top ten in 2019.
"The pre-season has been enjoyable and productive," said Suitor. "The majority of the team maximized their summer training, and I am pleased with where we are at the starting point of the season."
Feenstra is an accomplished harrier who will compete for a top-35 finish in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships in her final collegiate season. Bourgeois returns for her third year as a dependable member of the Trinity top seven. Rachel Scheub (Rochester, Mass.), another veteran runner, is back after a year studying abroad, and junior Julia Burdulis (Hopkinton, Mass.) has looked poised for a much-improved campaign in pre-season. Sophomore Isabella Montes De Oca (Carpinteria, Calif.) should build on her promising rookie autumn, and first-year Reagan Gilooly (Shrewsbury, Mass.) is the most likely to make an immediate impact of seven incoming first-years.