Boutelle cracks top 70, 13 of 14 Purple Knights have season-best showings at New Englands

WESTFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) cracked the top 70 in a competition between the top Division I, II and III runners in the region on Sunday, as the Saint Michael's College men's and women's cross country teams competed in the New England Championship at Stanley Park. Thirteen of the 14 scorers between the two teams had their fastest times of the season.

The Purple Knight women were sixth among 10 Division II squads, finishing 30th overall out of 37 schools with 827 points. Division I Boston College won with 45 points. On the men's side, the Purple and Gold were 36th behind 1,188 points. Division I Dartmouth College topped the 38-school field at 83 points.

In a field of 251 women's runners, Boutelle took 69th during the 5K race, clocking in at 18:37 to come within 22 seconds of the school record and take eighth among Division II harriers. Sophomore Lindy Heffernan (Sutton Mills, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) was next for the Purple Knights, finishing in 19:41.

The next three Saint Michael's runners were within 16 seconds of one another, with sophomore Colleen Gilliatt (Grantham, N.H./Lebanon), senior Jennifer Labrenz (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) and sophomore Allie Gratton (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) clocking in at 20:06, 20:15 and 20:22, respectively. First-year Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) finished in 20:56, and junior Mary Miller (Aurora, N.Y./Southern Cayuga) was just four seconds back.

Each of the Purple Knight men had their fastest showings of the season, all placing within 21 spots of one another during the 8K race. Junior Dana Glubiak's (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) 230th-place finish in a time of 28:28 trimmed 1:59 off his previous season best, while sophomore Alex Gilgore (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville Senior) was 21 seconds behind.

Classmate Peter McKenna (Cohasset, Mass./Brooks School), first-year Jack Loomis (Eastham, Mass./Nauset Regional) and sophomore Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) completed the squad's top five in 29:13, 29:28 and 29:57, respectively. In his first year of college running, senior Colin Marshall (Baldwin, Md./Loyola Blakefield) dropped 2:09 off his prior best time, in 30:07, while junior Steve Weng (Princeton, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) crossed the finish line in 30:36.

The Purple Knights return to action on Friday when they host the Saint Michael's Invitational, with the women beginning at 3:30 p.m., and the gun for the men's race sounding at 4:15 p.m.