Palmer Finishes Just Short of Clinching AE Championship

University of Vermont junior Michele Palmer was Vermont’s top runner at the NCAA Northeast Qualifier as of Saturday afternoon. The race was held at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, New York and was one of the most difficult courses of the season. Palmer completed the 6K course in a time of 21:27.0 and was the second runner from an America East school across the finish line. Stony Brook’s Jennifer Payne, the America East Champion, finished ahead of Palmer, posting a time of 21:04.8. The Catamounts placed 13th overall out of 36 teams in the women’s competition. Junior Tee Gingras and sophomore Alexandra Hill placed among the top 100 runners. Gingras finished 74th with a time of 23:00.3, while Hill was clocked at 23:12.2, good for 83rd place. On the men’s side, senior captain Chris Van Cott continued his strong season. He led the Vermont men to a 25th place finish out of 33 teams. Van Cott placed 83rd, covering the 10K course in a time of 33:15.5.RESULTS:UVM Runners: 13. Michele Palmer 21:27.0; 74. Tee Gingras 23:00.2; 83. Alexandra Hill 23:12.2; 106. Katy Jackson 23:35.7; 182. Caroline Zeilenga 24:51.6; 214. Kirsten Lanpher 25:46.3; 215. Jen Plourde 25:46.9.UVM Runners: 93. Chris Van Cott 33:15.5; 127. Kent Taylor 34:10.8; 136 Lee Stanton 34:22.5; 162. Nick Methot 35:09.4; 183. Justin Kenny 35:51.7; 194. Kyle Barry 36:20.3; 195. Stephen Rizner 36:24.3-Sports Info.