GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference today announced that University of Southern Maine junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) has been named the Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week for the period of October 10-16. This is the second time this fall that Carl has been selected as the recipient of the weekly honor.
Competing at the State of Maine Cross Country Championship, Carl became the first USM female competitor since Penny Osborne in 1999 to win the state championship. Carl covered the 5,000-meter Pineland Farm (New Gloucester, Maine) course in 19 minutes, 1 second to edge Berol Dewdney of nationally ranked Colby College by two seconds, and Madelena Rizzo of Bowdoin College by five seconds. Carl's finish helped the Huskies place fourth among the 11 teams competing.
The win was the fourth in five races this fall for Carl. She previously took the top spot in the Huskies' season-opening meet against Brandeis, followed a week later by coming in first at the University of New England Invitational. Carl captured the top spot at the Bowdoin College Invitational on October 1 before an impressive 31st-place run at the NEIcAAA (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Association) Open New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.
USM is off this weekend as it makes its final preparations for the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships on October 29 (11:00 a.m.). The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will host the LEC-Alliance event.