Top Moments From 2017-18: Women's Cross Country

Top Moments From 2017-18: Women's Cross Country

During the summer months, we want to take a look back at some of the outstanding accomplishments and special moments from the 2017-18 athletic seasons and revisit those events that each of our 25 teams celebrated this year.

We hope you enjoy looking back at the great accomplishments by our cadet-athletes and teams. We will go in alphabetical order today we highlight women's cross country. Next up on Friday, will be football.

Freshman Kaitlyn Mooney ran to a fourth place finish, earning All-America status, at the NCAA Division III National Championship. She crossed the finish line in 20:48.3 becoming the top freshman finisher since 2013 when Noelle Olson of St. Olaf finished in second place. Her fourth place finish is also tops in program history. Mooney wrapped up an unbelievable freshman year as the top finisher from the New England region at the National Championship. She was named USTFCCCA New England Region Athlete of the Year after winning the NCAADivision III New England Championship with a meet record time since the race distance was moved to 6K in 2003. Mooney finished the season winning five of the seven races she entered and setting both the 5K and 6K program record. Mooney earned NEWMAC Runner of the Year honors, NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors and was a four times NEWMAC runner of the week this year. She was also named USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week after her performance at the Saratoga Invitational.

In her New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship debut freshman Kaitlyn Mooney took home first place helping to lead the Coast Guard women's cross country team to a third place finish. With the victory, Mooney earned NEWMAC Rookie and Runner of the Year honors. She becomes the first champion in program history. She crossed the line in 17:52, 17 seconds ahead of senior Mary Eccles of MIT. Her time was the third fastest in program history. Junior Anita Green finished in 17th place with a time of 19:17 earning All-Conference honors. Green was followed by senior Rachel Burchill in 30th place (20:00). Junior Nina Ragle was the fourth finisher for Coast Guard crossing the line in 20:22 (39th place). Sophomore Kirsten Carson was only a few spots behind Ragle in 43rd place (20:26).

Coast Guard placed a trio of cadet-athletes on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Cross Country Academic All-conference team. Senior Rachel Burchill, an Electrical Engineering major, was named to the team for the second straight season while sophomore Marine and Environmental Sciences majors Kirsten Carson and Olivia Suski earned All-Academic honors in their first year of eligibility for the honor. Also, Burchill and Green were both named to the 2017 Division III USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic team for their continued effort and success in the classroom. Green, a mechanical engineering major, earns USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the second straight year becoming the first athlete in program history to earn the honor twice. Burchill, an Electrical Engineering major, earns USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the first time in her career. She was named NEWMAC All-Academic for the second time in her career this past season.

L-R: Rachel Burchill, Kirsten Carson, Anita Green, Kaitlyn Mooney, Nina Ragle & Olivia Suski