Rattan leads the way for the women at NCAA regionals

Rattan leads the way for the women at NCAA regionals

CANTON, N.Y. -- The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's cross country team concluded its season at the NCAA Atlantic Region  Championships on Saturday.

The Atlantic Region is the top female cross country region among the eight regions in the nation, boasting seven of the nation's top 25 teams. The weather was perfect for racing and the beautiful 6K course was a fast one as well in the event hosted by St. Lawrence University.

Senior Lauren Rattan had an exceptional race and lifetime best performance at 6K. Her 28-second improvement off her previous personal best mark (from the Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 30) was also the fastest time be a female Merchant Marine in several years. Rattan completed the course in 24:45.

The Mariners' women finished in 34th place out of the 42 teams.

"I have been extremely impressed with the way our ladies have handled adversity this year," women's cross country coach Greg Lott said. "Many have run through pain, injury and sickness. We have been missing team members at crucial times and the women have just kept running and competing as hard as they possibly could. As a coach, you can't ask for anything more than that. They are such a young team and have shown strong character. Their trials will no doubt make them a solid contender within the near future. I was thrilled with Lauren's race in particular. She has worked so hard and she really performed to her capabilities."

The women will have a couple of weeks off to rest their legs and heal before beginning practice for the indoor track season.

Photo: Lauren Rattan finished her college cross country career in style, slicing 28 seconds off of her best 6K time.