Top Five Flashback: Women's Cross Country #5

Top Five Flashback: Women's Cross Country #5
Top Five Flashback: Women's Cross Country #5


NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University athletics resumes its summer series with a daily flashback to the top five moments of 2016-17 for each of its 19 varsity sports. Beginning with Memorial Day (Monday, May 29, 2017) and finishing with the final day of August, 95 moments (19 x 5) will be shared to relive the most exciting happenings of the most recent Seahawk season.

Senior captain Jessica Graham (Lowell, Mass.) found her stride in the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness State Park, running a new personal best for 6,000 meters. Graham crossed the finish line at 25:49.6, a 30-second improvement over her previous best, set at the Paul Short Run in 2013.

The captain struggled with injuries during her sophomore and junior campaigns. While she was fit enough for a 5K personal best on the track – 20:38.70 – in 2015, her cross country PRs had proven to be elusive. The race in Waterford came as a well-deserved – and hard-fought – breakthrough.

"Jess demonstrated so much persistence and dedication during her time on the team. The injuries and setbacks would have discouraged many runners, but she was determined to get back to where she belonged," said head coach Rob McGuinness. "She earned that PR. I could not have been more proud."

Graham carried the momentum into the postseason, earning a spot in the lineup for the ECAC Division III Cross Country Championship. The meet was her first – and only – postseason appearance in four years as a Seahawk.

Graham received the team's Senior Award at its end-of-season recognition event. The award honors a four-year student-athlete who demonstrates leadership, loyalty and dedication.

Salve Regina University
Salve Regina athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports for men and women. The Seahawks compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC - baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, women's track and field, women's volleyball), New England Hockey Conference (NEHC - women's ice hockey), New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA - sailing). Beginning in 2017-18, Salve Regina will also sponsor equestrian as a varsity sport, and adds junior varsity programs for baseball and men's lacrosse.