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Gorman 11th at NCAA meet, earns All-American honor

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Colby College's Sophia Gorman ended a spectacular sophomore season by taking 11th place and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Lake Breeze Golf Club.

Helen Chavey (pictured), also making her first appearance at the national meet with Gorman, took 199th place.
 
Gorman, in a field of 279 finishers, had a time of 21 minutes, 28.6 seconds over the 6-kilometer course. She was once again the top finisher among New England Small College Athletic Conference runners. In fact, Gorman was the lone NESCAC runner to make the top 25.
 
On a cold day in Wisconsin, Gorman steadily moved up the standings during the course of the race. She was 16th at an early portion of the race, moved up to 14th, then 12th, and finally 11th in the final stages of the race.
 
The NESCAC champion from three weeks ago, Gorman went on to take third place at the NCAA New England Region race last weekend. 
 
Chavey, a senior racing for the final time, had a time of 23:14.8.
 
Washington (Mo.) University's Paige Lawler won the race in 20:55.0. Coast Guard sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney, who won the New England Region race, took fourth in 21:04.2. Gorman and Mooney were the lone two runners among the top 11 who were younger than a junior.