BOSTON—Junior Emma Cavanaugh (Southbury, Conn.) earned the program's first all-conference award since 2014 as the Babson College women's cross country team finished ninth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon at Franklin Park.
Third-ranked MIT had five of the top seven individual finishers and cruised to its 12th consecutive conference title. Mount Holyoke, which posted its best result in over a decade, was the runner-up, while Wellesley College, WPI and the Coast Guard Academy rounded out the top five. The Beavers finished with 217 points.
Cavanaugh finished the 6k course with a time of 23:13 to come in 10th overall, which matches the second highest showing by a Babson female at the NEMWAC Championship in program history. Senior Stephanie Rodriguez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) placed 23rd with a time of 23:45, while junior Camille Lewis (Cheshire, Conn.) was 64th with a time of 25:18.
First-year Laurel Roney (Mahomet, Ill.) ran a time of 26:24 in her conference championship debut, which was eight seconds faster than sophomore Amanda Karch (Sandwich, Mass.), who crossed the finish line in a time of 26:32. Junior Caroline Winicki (Middlebury, Conn.) registered a time of 26:45 and sophomore Alida Beste (Burlington, Vt.) finished in 27:11, which was just a second faster than both junior Kelley Burtch (Norwell, Mass.) and sophomore Nina Sitarski (Plainville, Mass.).
Babson returns to action on November 16 when it travels to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, for the NCAA New England Championships.
• Cavanaugh is just the fourth female in program history to earn All-NEWMAC honors, joining Lydia Halloran '05 (2004), Charlotte Margel '13 (2009, 2010) and Marina Capalbo '15 (2012, 2013, 2014).
• This year's women's race was the first run at the 6k distance, each of the 21 previous NEWMAC meets had been a 5k.