2018 NAC Women's Cross Country Championship Preview

2018 NAC Women's Cross Country Championship Preview

CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy women's cross country prepares for the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship on Sunday, October 28 at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine.

Head Coach Ryan King is leading the Mariners in his eighth season. Last season the Mariners finished sixth at the NAC Championship, led by Sierra James (Campton, N.H.) who placed 17th out of the 95 runners. The Mariners return their top three finishers from last year's NAC Championship, including the team's top finisher, James. This fall the Mariners have been preparing for the NAC Championships by competing at difficult courses against talented programs and look to improve on last year's performance on their home course.

The Mariners have been picked to place fifth in the NAC Women's Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll. Voting for the Pre-Championship Poll was conducted among the league's head women's cross country coaches.

Who to Watch:

 Sierra James Abigail L'Abbé Catherine Cornell  Alex Allen  Robyn Larrabee
Senior   Junior Freshman  Senior  Senior
Campton, N.H. Topsham, Maine Portland, Maine Easton, Maine  Caribou, Maine
NAC Runer of the Week 10/16.

Led Mariners in every race this season. 
Consistent top-five finisher for the team. Consistent top-five finisher for the team. Consistent top-five finisher for the team. Consistent top-five finisher for the team.

2018 Championship Information:

  • Date – Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Location - Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, Maine
  • Start  11:00 a.m.
  • Competing Institutions – Maine Maritime Academy, UMaine-Farmington, Thomas, SUNY Canton, NVU-Lyndon, Husson, UMaine-Presque Isle, NVU-Johnson.
  • Format  5K Course features include: starting line on the football field with a long straightaway for a fair and safe start, a long gradual uphill just after the first mile, wide grass paths through a rolling meadow, several short and steep hills in the wooded part of the course, and a slight downhill for a fast finish. This is one of the most fan friendly cross country courses you will ever see. Just by standing at the start/finish area you will see the runners at least five times. 

The Competitors:


2017 Finish: Fourth

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: First


2017 Finish: Second

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Second 

UMaine-Presque Isle

2017 Finish: 10th

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Third


2017 Finish: Fifth

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Fourth

Maine Maritime

2017 Finish: Sixth

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Fifth

SUNY Canton

2017 Finish: Did not compete

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Sixth


2017 Finish: 11th

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Seventh


2017 Finish: Ninth

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Eighth