Roundup: Westfield State's Grace Phair wins MASCAC cross-country championship
Former Monument Mountain runner and The Berkshire Eagle 2019 cross-country runner of the year Grace Phair brought down the curtain on her freshman season at Westfield State University in a big way.
At the MASCAC Championships over the weekend, Phair blazed through the course at Moore State Park to take home the individual title at the conference meet, and in the process helped her Owls win their 14th conference title in the last 16 years.
Phair ran the course in Paxton in 19 minutes, 10 seconds to take the win. Teammate Amy Sullivan placed third, with Bridgewater State's Jenise Madden in second.
Andrea Noland (sixth), Mia MacDonald (11th) and Abigail Wager (13th) rounded out the scoring team for Westfield State. The Owls won with 34 points, while Bridgewater scored 51 and Worcester finished third.
Phair, a Stockbridge native, was also named MASCAC Runner of the Week on Tuesday. She was named Rookie of the Week six times and finishes her freshman campaign as both the 2019 Rookier of the Year and Runner of the Year in the MASCAC.
While her younger sister was busy winning the MASCAC title, Meryl Phair competed in the NEWMAC Championships for her Mount Holyoke Lyons.
Phair finished in 71st overall, running a 25:34 at Franklin Park. The Lyons finished in second as a team behind MIT.
Alice Najimy, from Pittsfield and a former Lenox runner, placed sixth overall at the GNAC Championship meet to help her Simmons University team to a seventh-place finish.
The meet was run at the SJC Cross Country Trail on the campus of Saint Joseph's College in Standish, Maine.
Najimy ran the course in 24:45 to lead her team.
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