Tigers finish sixth
Towson hit the trail as they hosted the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley. The team took sixth in a field of eight schools in the 6k race. William and Mary, currently ranked 18th in the country, took first.
Junior Elizabeth Tauber led the Tigers placing eighth in a field of 76 runners with a time of 22:16.09, earning her All-Conference honors.
Tauber beat her previous time for the CAA’s of 22:28.3 when she placed 22nd. She has led the Tigers all season, taking home two first place finishes.
Junior Ashley Simmons came in second in the pack for the Tigers and placed 26th in the field. Simmons ran a 23:29.27, a personal record. Junior Kara Bucaro took third for the Tigers with a time of 24:07.81 and finished 41st in the field.
Freshman Megan Knoblock ran a 24:43.78 to place 47th in the pack, followed by 55th place sophomore Karen Cohen who ran a 25:19.86.
“I was disappointed in our finish,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “We didn’t run up to our expectations.”
The Tigers scored 155 points, falling just five points behind the College of Charleston.
The team was 140 points behind first-place William and Mary. The Tribe became the first team ever to sweep the first five spots and earned a perfect score of 15.
With wet conditions and a slower course, the Tigers fell short on their home course. The team hosted the Towson Invitational at the same course in September.
“We know the course very well,” Erricker said. “But we didn’t step up at a championship meet.”
Powerhouse William and Mary swept seven of the top-10 spots, earning them their 19th Conference Championship. The team is led by two All-American runners, Elaina Balouris and Emily Stites.
The Tigers will host their annual Alumni Meet on Nov. 10 and then head to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional held at Lehigh University on Friday, Nov. 15.