Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women’s cross-country program will look to build upon a prominent 2019 regular season this weekend, competing in the 2019 NESCAC Cross Country Championship. Led by 28-year head coach George Suitor and third-year associate head coach John Michael Mason, the team will head to Williamstown, Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, looking to improve upon last year’s ninth place finish.
Williams College — hosting for the first time since 2007 — will use the 6K and 8K courses at Mount Greylock High School, with the women’s contest starting at 1 p.m.
In her final NESCAC Cross Country Championship, senior Samantha Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) has put together the best regular season of her career. After running a personal-best at the Connecticut College Cross Country Invitational in the team’s last meet, the co-captain has placed outside the top five just once in five meets, and has seen two fourth place finishes, a third-place finish, and her second-career first place finish at the Tri-State Invitational.
The team itself has posted outstanding finishes, with just one team placement outside the top five. With two second place finishes and two first place finishes, the Bantams have seen consistency across the board. Junior Julia Burdulis (Hopkinton, Mass.) broke her personal record at the James Early Invitational, and with three top-ten finishes, has shaved nearly a minute off her time since the beginning of the season. Co-Captain Nina Bourgeois (Rochester, Mass.) broke her 5K record at the James Early Invitational and has seen three top-twenty placements. Senior Rachel Scheub (Rochester, Mass.) and sophomore Isabela Montes de Oca (Carpinteria, Calif.) have also seen consistent results, and will look to help the Bantams maintain a fast pace on Saturday.
The 37th running of the NESCAC Cross Country Championship sees a 12 p.m. men’s start, and a 1 p.m. women’s start; the awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the women’s meet.