Boston, MA — The Elon University women’s cross country team made history at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship meet, becoming the first Elon team to win three consecutive CAA titles in any sport.

With 27 points, the Phoenix finished 39 points ahead of runner-up and host Northeastern University. The team’s average time in the women’s 6k race was 21:52, over 30 seconds better than that of Northeastern. 

Junior Maria Ahm also defended her individual CAA title, winning the women’s 6k race with a time of 21:26, over 18 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. This marks the fourth consecutive season an Elon runner has won the event. 

Five Elon runners finished in the top 12 of the women’s 6k race and earned all-conference honors. Junior Maggie Springer placed third, redshirt sophomore Leandra Lorenz came in fourth, freshman Jette Beermann finished seventh and senior Hannah Preeo placed 12th.

The men’s team placed third in the 8k race with 83 points, finishing behind Northeastern and William & Mary. 

Junior Aidan Tierney finished 11th with a time of 25:36 and was the only Elon runner to earn all-conference honors. Sophomore Zane Jackson placed 13th, with junior Tamer Metwali and freshman Daniel King also finishing in the top 30 for the Phoenix. 

The Phoenix continue its postseason on Nov. 12, when the teams will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regionals meet in Lexington, Kentucky.