New Orleans, LA – The Merrimack women's cross country team has been named as an USTFCCCA 2011 Division II Cross Country All-Academic Team on Thursday afternoon after posting a 3.22 overall team grade point average. The 4th place finish at the 2011 Northeast-10 Championships was the highest finish for the women in the event since the 1999-2000 season.
There were 124 teams that were given All-Academic status including 10 other Northeast-10 Conference schools. Three runners also qualified as individual All-Americans for the Warriors this season.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All‐Academic Track and Field Team in Division II, the student‐athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most‐recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.
Rebecca Ainscow (Derry, NH) recorded her best finish of the season in the NCAA East Regional as her squad took an eighth place finish in the process. Ainscow finished in 49th place one spot behind teammate Chandler Ortega (Pittsfield, Mass.). Ainscow also finished in the top half of the Northeast-10 Championships as she recorded a 53rd place finish, as her team took a fourth place finish.
Anne Bajor (Methuen, Mass.) was part of a team that took fifth place in the Skyhawk relays in a time of 38:17. Ainscow finished the Shacklette Invitational with a season best 11th place finish in a time of 20:15. At the Northeast-10 Championships Bajor finished in 36th place right behind teammate Brianna (Londonderry, NH).
Fiona Coleman (Windsor, CT) finished out her sophomore season as the best all around runner on the women's team. Coleman racked up a 22nd place finish at the Northeast-10 Championships in a season best time of 18:48. Coleman was the First Warrior to cross the finish line at the Codfish Bowl as she racked up a 46th place finish, leading Merrimack to a 10th place team finish.