The women’s cross country team had some impressive and surprising finishes this weekend at the NESCAC Championship.
Gina Stalica ’16 ran the race of the day. Typically finishing in fourth or fifth, she was the third runner for Bowdoin and overall the third first-year finisher of all the colleges. 
“Gina rises up to the challenges and competes really well in championships. Her performance was a great boost to the team,” said Coach Peter Slovenski.
Madelena Rizzo ’14 was Bowdoin’s top finisher. Rizzo made the All-NESCAC second team. Olivia Mackenzie ’14, the most consistent runner on the women’s team, kept up with Rizzo for the first mile but faded in the second. According to Head Coach Peter Slovenski, her race times will benefit from more rest in November.
Usual third runner Brianna Malanga ’16 suffered from a twisted ankle and had a tough race, coming in eighth place for Bowdoin. 
“If Bri gets healthy, I think we’ll surprise a lot of people,” said Slovenski, referring to the upcoming NCAA Regional meet. Although the women’s team has been ranked eigth for most of the season, Slovenski expects to see to the team move up in the rankings after the next championship.