Cooper, Sergent Earn All-NEAC at Championships

Freshman Chelsea Cooper (left) earned first-team All-NEAC honors, and freshman Mariah Sergent (right) earned second-team All-NEAC during Saturday's championship meet.
Freshman Chelsea Cooper (left) earned first-team All-NEAC honors, and freshman Mariah Sergent (right) earned second-team All-NEAC during Saturday's championship meet.

Freshmen Chelsea Cooper (West Monroe, N.Y./ Altmar-Parish-Williamstown) and Mariah Sergent (Clifton Springs, N.Y./Midlakes) have been the top two finishers in every meet for the Keuka College women's cross country team in 2014, and that trend continued during Saturday's annual North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships.

Cooper matched her best finish of the year on the six-kilometer course at Kenilworth Park in Washington, D.C. Cooper completed the course in a time of 23 minutes and 36 seconds to place sixth among scoring runners.

Sergent wasn't far behind, running in 24:03 to place ninth, her best finish as a member of the Green and Gold.

Cooper was named first-team All-NEAC after finishing as the Wolfpack's top runner for the seventh time in seven meets, while Sergent earned second-team All-NEAC honors after her seventh runner-up finish this year.

Keuka placed fourth with 92 points, the program's best finish at NEAC's since a third-place finish in 2010.

SUNY Cobleskill won the team championship with 46 points. Cazenovia College (75) was second, followed by Penn State-Abington (81), Keuka, Morrisville State (119), Wells College (132), Penn State-Berks (181), Lancaster Bible College (213), Gallaudet (219), Penn College (281) and SUNY Polytechnic (319).

Shelby McIntyre (Cazenovia) won the individual title with a time of 22:28. She edged Cobleskill's Taylor Tommell by nearly five seconds to win the championship.

Sophomore Paige Bennett (Athens, N.Y./Athens) placed 23rd in 25:16, while junior Allison Bonin (Orwell, Pa./Northeast Bradford) placed 24th with a time of 25:36. The pair narrowly missed out on earning All-NEAC honors, which went to the top 21 runners during Saturday's championships.

Junior Jennifer Vigo (Watervilet, N.Y./Shaker) rounded out Keuka's top five finishers, placing 30th after completing the course in 26:18.

The competition drew 88 runners from 11 schools.