DARTMOUTH, Mass. – With one of the best finishes ever in program history, freshman Patriciah Mulinge (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a ninth place finish at the 2016 Little East Conference Championship meet hosted by UMass Dartmouth. Cameron Chase (Lutz, Fla.) also recorded a top-20 finish in Saturday's championship to lead the men's side.
Men's – 6th out of 6 teams
Women's – 7th out of 7 teams
HOW IT HAPPENED
Saturday's result catapulted Mulinge into the category as one of the top freshman runners to ever compete for the Beacons. In Saturday's championship she posted a final time of 19:24.89, which was the fastest of any freshman runners. For Chase he recorded a time of 27:19.71 to lead the Beacons men's squad, which also produced some impressive finishes on Saturday.
In the women's race Maddy Scott (Westhampton, Mass.) recorded a time of 21:20.36 in her first Little East championship, while Adrianna Fredo (Brockton, Mass.), finished just .17 behind her teammate with a time of 21:37.71. Terry Williams (Saint Mary's, Ga.) was the second fastest runner for the men's team with his final time of 28:02.37. Rokas Piragis (Brockton, Mass.) and Jeffrey Noyes (Weymouth, Mass.) finished in 35th and 36th place respectively with times of 28:43.34, and 28:45.58.
Jonny Long (Newton, Mass.) and Jacob Lachepelle (Whitinsville, Mass.) posted final times of 29:00.16 and 29:08.88 to close out the top-6 times for the Beacons. Sophia Dudkin (Newton, Mass.) recorded the fourth fastest time for the Beacons as she tripped the sensor with a time of 23:50.70. Maggie Hale (Albuquerque, N.M.) crossed the finish line with a time of 25:15.87, followed by Caroline Mullen (Marshfield, Mass.) with her time of 25:53.78 and Carli Hancock (Ipswich, Mass.) with her time of 26:13.39.
The Beacons will compete at the NCAA Division III New England Championship meet in two weeks on the campus of Westfield State University.