BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) won her third race of the fall season to lead the University of Southern Maine women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish among the ten teams competing Saturday at the Bowdoin College Invitational.
Carl covered the 6,000-meter course that will be the site for this year's NCAA regional championship in November in 22 minutes, 38.82 seconds to take the top spot. Carl edged Leah Clement of Wellesley College for the first spot by 3.83 seconds. Carl has won all three races she has run this fall.
Sophomore Morgan Beede (Augusta, Maine/Cony) continued her impressive second season with the Huskies finishing 11th overall. Beede posted a time of 23:53. Freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) was the third USM runner across the line finishing 16th with her time of 24:25.
Junior Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer) and rookie Emily Panciera (Monson, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) rounded out the Huskies first five scoring runners. Madden came across the line in 26th place with a time of 24:42 while Panciera was 50th in 25:59.
Nationally-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology edged host Bowdoin for the team title, 67-69. Wellesley, paced by Clement's second-place finish, was third with 87 points followed by Southern Maine with 93 and Westfield State with 108.
The Huskies will participate in the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEIcAAA) Championship next weekend. The meet will be held at Franklin Park in Boston.