Stevenson Leads St. Mary's Women's Cross Country at NCAA Regionals

Melody Raynaud '21 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Melody Raynaud '21 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

Newville, Pa. – First-year Lindsey Stevenson (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) collected the program's best individual finish in NCAA regional action on Saturday. Stevenson paced the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's cross country team to a 35th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals hosted by Dickinson College at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pennsylvania.

Stevenson completed the 6K course in 25:12.3 for a 148th (of 351 runners) overall finish, averaging a 6:46-mile pace. Previously, Margaret Lillie '13 owned the team's best finish at the NCAA regionals with a 172nd-place finish in 2012. The team's 35th-place finish this season is the second-highest placement in the Seahawks' nine-year history since St. Mary's 34th-place finish in 2013.

The Basics:

  • Place – 35th of 49
  • Location – Newville, Pa. – Big Spring High School

St. Mary's Top 5 Finishers:

  • First-year Kara Taylor (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was the second St. Mary's runner to finish as Taylor ran a time of 25:14.4 for 150th overall following a 6:47-minute mile pace.
  • Junior captain Marisa McCormick (Prince Frederick, Md./Calvert) was the third Seahawk to finish with a time of 26:39.2 for 220th overall.
  • Senior captain Halcyon Ruskin (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) and sophomore Sarah Jeffrey (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) rounded out the Top 5 for St. Mary's as Ruskin ran a 27:01.6 for 240th overall and Jeffrey finished with a 27:50.4 for 263rd place.
  • Junior Lindsey Power (Glen Arm, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and first-year Melody Raynaud (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) also competed for the Seahawks. Power posted a time of 28:25.2 for 282nd place while Raynaud finished 295th in 29:09.9.

Other Top Performers:

  • No. 1 Johns Hopkins University captured the overall team championship and also had the top individual runner. The Blue Jays' Ellie Clawson crossed the finish line first with a time of 21:33.5, which was four seconds faster than Dickinson's Sofia Canning, who placed second.
  • Salisbury University, who is eighth in the Mideast region, finished 11th overall, giving them the top finish as a Capital Athletic Conference.
  • Alayna DeBruin of York College of Pennsylvania was the top runner from the CAC to cross the finish line as DeBruin ran a 23:45.0, which put her 53rd overall.

Seahawk Finishers (351 runners): 148. Lindsey Stevenson, 150. Kara Taylor, 220. Marisa McCormick, 240. Halcyon Ruskin, 263. Sarah Jeffrey, 282. Lindsey Power, 295. Melody Raynaud

Up Next for the Seahawks:

  • Season Complete 

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