Sunday's Championship: Castleton will be the host of the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Championships on Sunday, November 2. The championship meet will take place on the Castleton campus with the women's 5k-race beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Participating Teams: The Mariners will be joined by squads from Colby-Sawyer, UMaine-Farmington, Green Mountain, Husson, Johnson State, Lyndon, Castleton, New England College, and Thomas in the run for the 2014 conference crown.
Highlights: A championship highlights video will be posted to the NAC website later in the week.
Maine Maritime Last Season at NAC Championship: Leading the Mariners to an eighth place team finish was Jessica Faltings (Northport, N.Y.) with a 16th place finish in 22:35.75. Emily Fanning was 55th in 25:41.84, Caroline Martin (Scarborough, Maine) crossed in 26:05.70 to take 59th, Alice Stenquist (Bath, Maine) finished in 29:48.14 and Gabrielle Wells (Kittery, Maine) finished in 30:13.72.
The New England College women took top honors in 2013, as the Pilgrims earned their first NAC title in program history after recording 50 points. NEC edged out two-time defending champion Husson by three points last season, while Colby-Sawyer claimed third after scoring 67 points.
The Mariners: Maine Maritime Academy claimed the team victory this season at Unity Invitational when they placed three of the top five runners. Faltings, Martin, Wells, Elin Sonesson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Olivia Osborne (Newcastle, Maine), Hannah Page (Hutchinson, Kan.), and Kristine Mehuren (Searsmont, Maine) led the Mariners this season as consistent top finishers for the team.
Looking Forward: Sunday's race will serve as a final tune up before the ECAC Championships, which will be hosted by Westfield State on Saturday, November 8, and the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships. The regional will be hosted by Williams College on Saturday, November 15. Teams and runners are ultimately hoping to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships scheduled for Saturday, November 22, in Mason, Ohio.