River Hawks Soar to Third Consecutive America East Championship

BALTIMORE – The UMass Lowell women’s team completed the three-peat on Saturday in Baltimore, taking home the America East Conference championship for the third year in a row. The men also captured the conference title, marking the third straight year the River Hawks have swept the championships.

Senior Kenzie Doyle (Swansea, Mass.) set a personal and America East Championships record in the women’s 5k race, finishing with a personal best time of 16:19.2 en route to the individual conference title.

“Kenzie ran the best race of her life,” the head coach said Gary Gardner. “I’m so excited to see what he can do in the next few weeks.”

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Doyle dominated the race, taking the lead from the start. He was pleased with his record-breaking performance, but even more delighted with the team’s victory.

“The record time is new to me,” exclaimed Doyle. “I’m really happy with it. I’m really happy with how the team performed most of all. I remember crossing the line and trying to cheer everyone up. When everyone was coming in, the most important thing for me was that we won the match. I was really happy with that, more than my individual title.”

Behind Doyle and joining her on the America East Conference First Team was graduate student Izzy Giesing (Bradford, Vt.), finishing fourth in 16:59.6. Sophomore Sarah Ross (Agawam, Mass.) finished eighth, earning a personal-best time of 17:37.4 and second-team all-conference honors. Ross’ finish placed three River Hawks among the top ten runners. Ross also added to his collection the America East Cross Country Elite 18 Award, which honors the event medalist with the highest GPA. Ross boasts a 4.0 GPA in Plastics Engineering.

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Overall, the women had five runners in the top 14 and seven in the top 25 as graduate student Caroline O’Shea (Nashua, NH) crossed the finish line in 11th place with a personal best time of 17:44.2 and freshman Mary : -Keith Finn (Nashua, NH) finished 14th in a personal-best 18:00.9, both earning a spot on the All-America East Conference Second Team.

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Junior Mary Yount (Northampton, Mass.) and sophomore Rachel Sesa (Tewksbury, Mass.) rounded out the points for the River Hawks as Yount finished 21st in a career-best time of 18:16.5 and Sesa sailed to 18. 24.8 for 25th place.

“Our women completely exceeded my expectations,” Gardner said. “They positioned themselves well and never gave an inch. It was great to watch.”

For leading the teams to another round of conference championships, the UMass Lowell coaching staff was named the 2022 America East Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s programs for the second year in a row.

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