The Women’s XC team. (Image courtesy: Matt Obernesser)

The SNHU women’s cross country team won the NE-10 championship for the first time in program history at Saint Michael’s College on November 6. Graduate student Ashley Corcoran (‘21) and three other runners finished in the top ten of the championship race.

Heading into the weekend of the NE-10 championship, the Penmen were set as the favorites to win.

Corrina Obernesser (‘26), a rookie on the team, finished 28th out of the 107 competing runners, with a new personal best 6K time of 24:16.0, according to SNHU Penmen. Having won NE-10 Rookie of the Week for the week of October 26, she spoke on the team’s dynamic and the success she has had this season. 

“Our team has really great chemistry this year. We have been working together really good this year… We have a shot to go to Nationals, so that’s exciting. I feel very confident in our team’s ability,” said Obernesser.

After winning the NE-10 championship alongside her fellow runners, Obernesser sees what it takes in order for the team to be successful, which includes a good coach.

“Our coach has really been keeping the energy up lately,” said Obernesser. “He’s really encouraging every single lap. He’s yelling off our splits, and the energy at practice has just been really exciting recently. We’re working hard and working together every single practice, so it’s been fun.”

For the team to have obtained the title of NE-10 champions, every runner had to contribute to maximize points. It was a historic season for Corcoran, who won the championship race.

The same week Obernesser won NE-10 Rookie of the Week, Corcoran took home NE10 Player of the Week; this honor tallied her fourth weekly award of the 2022 season

With a time of 21:27.7, Corcoran ran the third-fastest 6K in program history. Her time was six seconds behind the meet record set last year, and she has run the four fastest distance times in program history, according to SNHU Penmen.

With a season of strong chemistry and championship experience behind them, the women’s cross country team looks to repeat their success in years to come.