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Cross-Country Wins Third Straight NEC Championship; Ferguson is First Male Individual Champ in Program History

University’s cross-country teams achieve impressive feats this year.

The University’s cross-country teams garnered impressive triumphs during their competitive season.

The women’s cross-country team won its third consecutive conference title, and Sean Ferguson, of the men’s cross-country team, became the first male individual champion in program history.

The women completed the three-peat in dominant fashion, running away with the team title by finishing 35 points clear of second-place Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). The team’s points were the lowest in program history, surpassing the 43 set just last year, as well as 44 in 2013. For the first time ever, six Pioneers — Jennifer HahneAlexandra KaeslinShannon HickeyMolly Barker,Meghan Hutch, and Kate Svensen — earned All-Northeast Conference (NEC) honors, all placing in the top 12.

Ferguson’s title capped a commanding season in which he won five of the six events he finished. Crossing with a time of 24:51.2, he held off Ryan Hertzog of CCSU by six seconds to join Katie Wrinkle (2003) and Kim DeLoreto (2009) as the only individual champions in program history. In addition to becoming the first male Pioneer champion at the event, he also became just the third male to turn in three All-NEC performances, joining Jeff Lusignan and Christopher Connelly, after previously finishing 13th in 2012 and sixth in 2013.

Ferguson Crossing Line

Ferguson crosses the finish line.