PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 27, 2013)
The Nyack College women's cross country team put on an stellar performance at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championships on Sunday morning held at Belmont Plateau.
For the first time since 2002 Running Warriors would re-claim the CACC title with 32 points over Philadelphia University who has won the team championships for the past five consecutive years. The Lady Rams were awarded second place with 39 points.
Brianna Ligotski of the University of the Sciences won the individual title completing the race a personal-best time of 19:36 and paved the way for her team's 4th place finish behind Felician College who took home 3rd as a team.
In 2012 Nyack placed only two runners in the top-15. This year Nyack would place all five runners in the top-10 individual finishers to secure the five Warriors All-CACC status while Philadelphia placed three in the top-10 giving them six Rams in the All-Conference team.
Top-15 All-Conference Team
Crossing the line first for the Nyack squad was sophomore Rebecca Wakeley in 19:46 (2nd), followed by an unbreakable Warrior pack pulled by sophomore Nicole Pagan in 20:37 on the hilly course. Trailing behind teammate Pagan were freshmen Sara-Caitrin Mandleburg and Trisha Frazer who tied at 20:42 and Danielle Wilson one second behind in 20:43 as the ladies stormed through the finish 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th rounding out Nyack's top-5 scorers.
"The ladies executed our game plan perfectly and ran one of the most strategic races I have ever seen them run all year. Words can not describe how proud of them I am. They worked so hard," expressed Nyack head coach Latia Deylii.
Dr. Gordon Jackson distributed the 2013 Anne Jackson Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award to University of the Sciences for the women's side and the sportsmanship award which was given to Bloomfield College on the men's side.
To read more on the conference championships see here.
Nyack will compete next in two weeks on Sunday, November 10, 2013 when they race at the NCAA East Regional Championship at Franklin Park in Boston, MA. It will mark the women's cross country team's 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA regional meet as a team and they look to qualify runners for the first time in program history in an appearance at the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Rebecca Wakeley (Pittsburgh, PA) All-Conference
Nicole Pagan (Carrolton, TX) All-Conference
Sara-Caitrin Mandelburg (Quaker Hill, CT) All-Conference
Trisha Frazer (Murfreesboro, TN) All-Conference
Danielle Wilson (Navarre, OH) All-Conference
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