Cross Country's Lindsey Segal-Bator Named GNAC Rookie of the Year

Lindsey Segal-Bator continued her marvelous freshman campaign, placing third out of 102 runners at 20:51, earning Great Northeast Athletic Conference Cross Country Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Team honors on Saturday at the GNAC Invitational at St. Joseph's. The Gators rode her to a seventh-place finish out of 10 qualifying teams.

"It’s a big accomplishment to be Rookie of the Year," said Segal-Bator (Bow, NH/Bow), who credited her teammates for their inspiration, as well as the seventh-place finish. "I'd really like to thank my teammates, because they're amazing and they keep my hopes and pride alive on the course, no matter the situation."

Sophomore Kelly Pirzl (Dalton, MA/Wachonah) placed second among Gators at 25:54, good for 61st overall. Closely behind were Patty Pabon (Bronx, NY/Townsend Harris) at 26:13 and Courtney Wallace (Steep Falls, ME/Bonny Eagle) at 26:22, finishing 68th and 69th, respectively.

Segal-Bator becomes the first Pine Manor runner to earn either All-GNAC or Rookie of the Year distinction. The four-time GNAC Rookie of the Week has finished no worse than sixth in any of her six meets.
Said coach Bill Stargard, "This was a great team effort. I'm extremely happy with moving up in the GNAC this year." With an average finish of 25:28 on Saturday, his Gators moved up four spots after finishing 11th a year ago. "I'm very happy with Lindsey's third-place finish and for her All-Conference and Rookie of the Year recognition," he said. "I'm very proud of all of five runners."

The host Monks won today's meet with an average time of 21:51, placing four runners in the Top 10. Emmanuel's Cat Lariviere paced the women's field at 19:46.

Segal-Bator now moves on to the Division III New England Regional Meet on Saturday, November 15 at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.