TCNJ Wins 34th NJAC Women’s Cross Country Title; Ramapo’s Zaugg Individual Champ
Women’s Cross Country
/ 10/29/2022 4:00:00 PM
EWING, NJ — The College of New Jersey’s women’s cross country team defended its home course as the Lions captured their 34th NJAC title in program history on Saturday at the Green Lane course.
The Lions finished with 35 team points and placed all five scoring runners in the top 10. They edged Stockton, which finished with 43 points with all five scoring runners in the top 14. Rowan finished third with 72 points and Ramapo was fourth with 112. Montclair State (130), Rutgers-Newark (182), NJCU (200), and Kean (236) rounded out the team results. Rutgers-Camden also had several runners competing.
Ramapo’s Suzanne Zaugg won the individual title, becoming the second Roadrunner in as many years and second in program history to win the NJAC individual championship. She crossed the finish line with a winning time of 22:51.
TCNJ was led by Emily Hoegler, who placed third overall with a time of 23:07. She led a pride of Lions in the top 10. Rookie Savannah Hodgens (23:22) was the next Lion finisher in sixth and Salini Iyer (23:23) was just behind in seventh. Cassidy Quinn (23:26) and Jenna Priore (23:27) rounded out the Lions’ scoring in the ninth and 10th, respectively.
“Today was a battle and the women stepped up,” TCNJ Head Coach Justin Lindsey said. “Stockton ran tough and we knew they would be ready so our plan was to run in a tight pack and push each other for as long as possible. Being home for the first time in over two decades was a big boost of motivation for them as well.”
Jaelyn Barkley led Stockton with an individual runner-up finish, just 1.7 seconds off the winning time with a 22:53. Rookie Kayla Kass crossed the finish line fifth with a time of 23:12. Jessie Klenk (23:41) led a pack of four Ospreys that went 11-12-13-14. She was 11th, and followed by Olivia Horton (23:49), Rachel Hayes (23:49), and Guinevere Kennedy (23:57).
Rowan’s Anna Sasse was the top Prof finisher with a fourth place time of 23:12. Gabriella Pagano joined her in the top 10, finishing eighth with a time of 23:23. Abbey Churchill put up a top-20 time of 24:02 for 16th.
In addition to Zaugg’s individual championship, Ramapo’s Zoey Cassavell (24:19) and Jane Wagner (24:43) turned in top-30 times.
Montclair State’s Kelly Weckstein (24:39) and Christiana Caprio (24:40) led the Red Hawks with top-30 finishes, crossing 27th and 28th, respectively.
Zrreyah Moore led Rutgers-Newark, turning in a team-best time of 26:14 for 44th place overall.
Grace Sabaya was the top finisher for NJCU, running a 26:25 to place 47th overall.
Kean, in his first season back on the NJAC cross country course, was led by rookie Nancy Martinez. She clocked a 28:08 to place 65th overall.
Rookie Isabella Bordon led a group of four Rutgers-Camden runners, clocking a 27:45 to finish 60th overall.
NJAC squads are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the NCAA Metro Regional Championship at DeSales University.
NJAC Championship Results
2. Stockton – 43
5. Montclair State – 130
6. Rutgers – Newark – 182
no team score – Rutgers Camden