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Merrill leads Saints to fourth in Atlantic East Championship; named second-team all-conference

Merrill leads Saints to fourth in Atlantic East Championship; named second-team all-conference

JERMYN, Pa. – The Marymount University women's cross country team place fourth in the first-ever Atlantic East Conference Championship on Saturday, overcoming the rainy and windy conditions that produced a muddy track at Lakeland High School to earn 92 points in the event hosted by Marywood University.

Freshman Carly Merrill continued to be the leading force for the Saints, as the first runner to cross the finish for the team, placing eighth overall in 28:40.90. Her finish was good to earn a spot on the second-team All-Atlantic East.

The remaining Marymount scorers all finished within six places of each other, with junior Sophia Murray leading the pack in 18th with a time of 30:15.60. Classmate Kaitlyn Reed came in just 16 seconds later for 20th (30:31.30).

The group was rounded out by seniors Elaina Rahaman in 22nd (31:10.70) and Gina Reyes in 24th (31:33.00).

Freshman Luwam Ermias and sophomore Samantha Gimon finished out the Saints top-seven spots in 27th and 28th, respectively. Ermias posted a time of 32:58.20, while Gimon ran in 33:39.50.

Sophomore Grace Smith closed out the race for the Saints, finishing in 37:02.40.

The Saints will next be in action in the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regionals on Saturday, November 10. The team will be returning to DeSales University for the competition, previously running in the DeSales Invitational on October 6.