By Justin Gordon ·

Buena Vista, Va. – Sophomore Kara Taylor (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) picked up first team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors as Taylor led the St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Championships. Southern Virginia University hosted this year’s championship meet at the Vista Links Golf Course in Buena Vista, Va., on Saturday morning.

The Basics

  • Place – 5th of 8/140 points
  • Location – Buena Vista, Va. – Vista Links Golf Course

Kara Taylor ’21 – Photo Credit: Bill Wood

St. Mary’s Top 5 Finishers

  • In a field of 96 competitors, Taylor came in fifth overall with a time of 24:22.8. She was the only non-senior runner to finish in the Top 5. This is the best finish by a Seahawk since Michelle DiMenna ’15 took 14th at the 2011 CAC Championships.
  • Taylor becomes just the second Seahawk runner – male or female – to garner first team all-conference honors since the programs’ inception in 2009. Dan Swain ’13 picked up first team honors with his fourth-place finish at the 2012 CAC Championships. Overall, the cross country programs have combined for four All-CAC awards – three on the women’s side and one for the men’s team.
  • Senior captain Marisa McCormick (Prince Frederick, Md./Calvert) finished 25th overall in her final CAC championship race with a time of 25:55.5.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Stevenson (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) was the next Seahawk to cross the finish line with a time of 27:46.1, which was good enough for 50th overall.
  • Sophomore Melody Raynaud (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and junior captain Nhu Chau (Elkridge, Md./Howard) rounded out the Top 5 for the Seahawks. Raynaud clocked a 28:45.9 for 58th overall, just edging Chau (28:49.8 – 59th place).

Other Race Highlights

  • Along with McCormickLindsey Power (Glen Arm, Md./Notre Dame Prep), Alyssa Leventer (Baltimore, Md./Friends), Kori Taber (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg), and Tara Vizzi (Bel Air, Md./Kenwood) all ran in their final CAC championship race.
  • University of Mary Washington’s Jillian Weisbeck came in first overall with a time of 23:45.8.
  • York College of Pennsylvania notched its third straight CAC title with a commanding 13-point lead over second-place Mary Washington.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • The Seahawks will take the next two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 10. DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, serves as the host site. Race starts at 11:00 a.m.

Seahawk Finishers (96 runners): 5. Kara Taylor25. Marissa McCormick; 50. Lindsey Stevenson58. Melody Raynaud59. Nhu Chau65. Lindsey Power (29:10.3); 67. Amy Forsbacka (29:22.5); 69. Alyssa Leventer (29:52.1); 74. Marie Lewis (30:27.5); 81.Isobel Hermans (32:19.5); 86. Kori Taber (33:52.7); 92. Liv Bescak (37:24.4); 95. Tara Vizzi (41:15.8)