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W-XC: With Frosh, Warriors Challenge

 Freshmen help Warriors close gap, but Anchorwomen hang on for win


MANSFIELD, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University women's cross country  freshmen Katie France (Portland) and Alexa Palasky (Griswold) helped the Warriors close the scoring gap from last year's ten-point loss to Rhode Island College, but the Anchorwomen had enough to trim the Warriors by a single point, 27-28, Saturday afternoon at Mansfield Hollow State Park.

At right: Seniors Chelsie Lawson (left) and Melissa Healy. (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

Last year, Rhode Island captured four of the top six place in a ten-point victory over the Warriors This time, junior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) repeated her second-place finish from a year ago in this race, and France filled in in third place and Palasky sixth, but the race was decided when RIC senior Kaitlin Geagan bested Eastern senior Chelsie Lawson (Sandwich, MA) by 11 seconds for to earn the decisive ninth-place finish.

Quinones (20:46) followed RIC senior Katie Desrosiers at the finish by 19 seconds, with France coming in at 21:13 and Palasky at 21:54. Sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) followed Palasky in seventh place in a time of 22:06, and Lawson was timed in 23:05.

Last year, Quinones was second in the race to RIC's Brittany Richer, who fell to fifth place this season.

Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship Oct. 30 at Moore State Park in Paxton, MA.

Rhode Island College 27, Eastern Conn. 28

1. Katie Desrosiers  ® 20:27; 2. Amanda Quinones (E) 20:46; 3. Katie France (E) 21:13; 4. Chelsea Marshall ® 21:24;  5. Brittany Richer ® 2137; 6. Alexa Palasky (E) 21:54; 7. Cora Gingras (E) 22:06; 8. Brooke Iby ® 22:45; 9. Kaitlin Geagan ® 22:54; 10. Chelsie Lawson (E) 23:05; 11. Jamie Nunes ® 23:09; 12. Nicole Poirier ® 23:33; 13. Haley Smith (E) 23:39; 14. Denica Gagnon (E) 23:47; 15. Amanda Ericson (E) 23:50; 16. Melissa Healy (E) 23:55; 17. Justyna Barlow ® 24:24; 18. Kayleigh Smith ® 24:28; 19. Wendy Bouton (E) 24:29; 20. Brittany Miskell (E) 25:33; 21. Meghan McMullen ® 25:48.