Running the second fastest 3000 meter time in program history, Junior Jillian King (Scotia, NY) qualified for the 2012 Indoor Track and Field championships with her time of 9:12.51. Only Hall of Famer Shannon Smith has run faster (9:11) when she captured the indoor 3000m title in 2004. Jillian’s time currently ranks third in the nation.
The 2011 cross-country season got off to a slow start due to some lingering injuries and sickness.
The month of September was dedicated to solid training and integrating the freshmen into their new environment. Our first test of the fall came at the New England championships in early October and the Eagles did not dissappoint, defending their title by placing 4 in the top 10 overall finishers, outpacing Boston University. Sophomore Bridget Dahlberg and senior Hope Krause led the way by placing third and fourth. Freshman Liv Westphal, the the national 3000m track champion from Limonge, France, made her varsity debut with a fifth place showing. Sophomore Elizabeth O’Brien came through in ninth. Junior Allison Stasiuk ran a very strong 17th to complete the team scoring.
The following weekend we travled to Madison, Wisconsin for a very competitive interregional contest on the beautiful, new 6000 meter layout. going up against 13 of the top 22 ranked teams in the nation. Continuing their strong team running, the Eagles finished thirteenth and earned their first national ranking for the season, defeating eight nationally ranked teams. Bridget Dahlberg (61st), Hope Krause (71st), Jillian King (92nd), Liv Westphal (96th), and Elizabeth O’Brien (115th) all ran personal best times for the 6k distance. The Eagles came out of this event ranked 24th nationally and 4th in the Northeast Region.
On October 29th the Eagles travelled to Clemson, SC for the ACC Championships. Behind 6 personal best times, the team took second place behing the number 2 nationally ranked Seminoles of Florida State. The Eagles’ 79 points represented their lowest team score ever for this championship event. Junior Jillian King led the way with her seventh place showing, earning her third consecutive “All ACC” honors. The ever improving Liv Westphal (15th) had the second best showing for a BC freshman in the ACC championships. Senior Hope Krause (18th), sophomore Bridget Dahlberg (19th), and sophomore Elizabeth O’Brien (20th) rounded out an excellent team run. Junior Allison Stasiuk (N. Kingstown, RI) ran a very solid 21:39 for the 6000m course, tying her personal best, freshman Brittany Winslow (Queensbury, NY) ran a new PB 21:57, junior Moira Kenny (Sherman, Ct) improved her best time to 22:26 and sophomore Morgan Mueller (Queensbury, NY) was solid in 23:07.
The NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, our qualifying event for the national championships, was contested in Buffalo, NY on November 12. Going up against 36 of the very best teams in New England and New York. The 18th ranked Eagles nailed down an automatic trip to the NCAA championships with their runnerup showing, just 10 points behind the Orange of Syracuse. Once again, Junior Jillian King led the way, earning her third “All NCAA Regional” award, finishing 10th. Jillian was followed by freshman Liv Westphal (19th-“All NCAA Regional”), Bridget Dahlberg (Newton, Mass-26th), Hope Krause (New Canaan, Ct-29th), and Elizabeth O’Brien (Chappaqua, NY-43rd).
On Saturday, November 19, Bridget Dahlberg, Moira Kenny, Jillian King, Hope Krause, Morgan Mueller, Elizabeth O’Brien, Allison Stasiuk, and Liv Westphal, travelled to Terre Haute, In. to represent their school at the NCAA Championships. The field of 31 teams and 38 individuals was one of the strongest, and deepest in history. The Eagles did not dissappoint. Their 12th place showing marked the program’s fourth best team finish in program history. In conquering the damp, windy conditions, the Eagles were the top finishing team from the Northeast Region. Jillian King (56th), Liv Westphal (78th), Hope Krause (82nd), Bridget Dahlberg (110th), and Elizabeth O’Brien (138th) led the way for the Lady Eagles. Allison Stasiuk (202nd) and Moira Kenny (228th) rounded out the team placings.
The Boston College Women’s Track Team had an exciting season all around but one of the highlights so far had to be winning the Penn Relays 4 X 1500 . Caitlin Bailey ran a 4:25.2 handing off to Jillian King who ran 4:18.8. Jillian handed off to Siobhan Breagy in second place and Siobhan, running 4:29.0 maintained that position giving Caroline King (4:12.2) a chance to run down the Villanova and Georgetown girls in the final 100 meters. Caroline won MVP Collegiate Relay Women’s Athlete Award for this effort.
ECAC Championship in Princeton, N.J
May 14, 2010
Caitlin Bailey ran a 2:07.11 qualifying time to advance to the finals, where she earned her third consecutive ECAC crown in 2:05.14.
Hope Krause took 16th in the 5,000 meter competition. The walk-on braved a field of 28 finalists, crossing in 17:02.17. Moira Kenny finished in 21st in the 10,000 meter contest, with a time of 38:03.30.While in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Bridget Dahlberg was a just a few seconds shy of her PR, taking 13th in 10:49.28.
During the same weekend in New Haven, Conn., Jillian King claimed the New England 800 meter Championship with a time of 2:07.89, becoming the first half-mile winner for the Eagles at this regional competition.
During the indoor season Caroline King won the ACC 800 meters in 2:06.28. Other top performances include the second place finish of the Distance Medley Relay team consisiting of Caroline King, Sara Missert, Madi Wallace, and Jillian King.
- Caitlin Bailey
- Siobhan Breagy
- Caroline King
- Caroline King
- Taylor Aizenstadt
Rookie of the Year:
- Bridget Dahlberg
The Boston College Women’s Cross-Country team enjoyed a very successful season. The first big test in the fall was the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota, and the Eagles got rolling early, finishing in sixth place while defeating 4 of the top 25 ranked teams in the nation. Led by Jillian and Caroline King who were both among the top ten individual finishes, and the surprise top 25th finish by walk-on Hope Krause, the Eagles soared into the national rankings. Two weeks later the Eagles placed 5 runners in the top 12 of the New England Championships in capturing their second consecutive team title. Our junior varsity placed 7 in the top ten individuals, led by the individual winner, Madeline Wallace. This race marked the debut of walk-on sophomore Elizabeth O’Brien, and Madi and Elizabeth would later make a significant contribution to the varsity seven.
October 30, 2010
Boston College hosted the ACC championship at Franklin Park. Once again led by the King sister’s, the Eagles ran a strong team race finishing in 4th place only a few points out of second place. Both Caroline and Jillian King earned All-ACC honors at this race. This was a turning point for the team and they left Franklin Park confident that they could run with the top teams in the nation.
November 13, 2010
At the NCAA Regional meet in Madison, Connecticut the Eagles needed a top 4 team finish to qualify for the NCAA championships. Senior Caroline King, Junior Hope Krause, and Sophomore Jillian King earned All-Northeast Regional honors as the number 22 ranked Eagles scored all five athletes in the top 30 to take 4th place with 92 points. The field was comprised of 35 teams from the New England/New York region.
November 22, 2010
At the NCAA championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, Senior Caroline King capped a phenomenal season with an All- American performance to lead the Eagles to its lowest score in six years. Junior Hope Krause was outstanding, finishing 55th. Jillian King placed 91st and Sophomore Elizabeth O’Brien and Junior Madeline Wallace rounded out the top five finishers. The eagles finished 19th in the 31 team field.
- Caroline King
- Christy Titus
- Madeline Wallace
- Jillian King
- Allison Stasiuk
Rookie of the Year:
- Hope Krause
- Elizabeth O’Brien