Women's cross country knocks off Southern Maine in season opener, 20-43

Victoria Sanford '14 (photo by Sportspix.biz)

GORHAM, Maine -- The Brandeis women's cross country team got off to a successful start in 2013 with a convicing 20-43 victory over host Southern Maine today. The Huskies were ranked No. 10 in New England in the preseason by the USTFCCCA.

The Judges were led by senior co-captain Victoria Sanford (Lagrangeville, N.Y./Arlington), who won the race with a time of 16:42. Sanford led a group of four teammates who crossed the finish line in a pack. Rookie Maddie Dollins (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park), sophomore Kelsey Whitaker (Kingston, Mass./Notre Dame Acad.) and senior co-captain Amelia Lundkvist (South Portland, Maine/Cheverus) - who was competing in front of a home-town crowd - all cross the line ahead of their Southern Maine opponents with a time of 16:43.

After a span of five more runners - one USM alumnus and four active Husky competitors - rookie Ashley Piccirillo-Horan (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) rounded out the Brandeis coring runners with a time of 16:54. Rookie Heather Murphy (Millstone, N.J./Allentown) was the sixth Brandeis runner in 17:06, followed by senior Ali Kirsch (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) in seventh with a time of 17:28.

The Judges return to action on Sept. 21 at the UMass Dartmouth Shriner's Invitational.

BRANDEIS-USM MEET RESULTS

Place     Name                                School           Time

1            Vicky  Sanford                 Brandeis       16:42

2            Maddie Dollins                 Brandeis       16:43

3            Kelsey Whitaker              Brandeis       16:43

4            Amelia Lundkvist            Brandeis       16:43

5            Molly Carl                         USM-Alum     16:44

6            Caitlin Miller                    USM               16:44

7            Hannah Damron             USM               16:47

8            Emily Panciera                 USM               16:52

9            Morgan Beede                 USM               16:53

10         Ashley Piccirillo               Brandeis       16:54

11         Heather Murphy             Brandeis       17:06

12         Ali Kirsch                          Brandeis       17:28

13         Brooke Davis                   USM               17:41

14         Molly Paris                       Brandeis       17:54

15         Maggie Hensel                 Brandeis       18:43

16         Anna Whitaker                USM               18:57

17         Sophie Hess                     USM               18:57

18         Katherine McWilliams    USM-Alum     19:07

19         Shelby Whitman              USM               19:16

20         Cianne Plummer              USM               20:04

21         Jasmyn Sylvester             USM               20:42

22         Mary Green                      USM               20:43

23         Nell Britton                      USM               20:53