Three-peat: Elon Women’s Cross Country capture third consecutive CAA title

Maria Ahm '23 became the first Elon female to win two conference championships and was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet.

Aided by a first-place standing from junior Maria Ahm for the second straight year, the Elon University women’s cross country team rolled to its third Colonial Athletic Association league championship in as many years at the league championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Franklin Park.

The Elon women scored 27 points at the league meet, outdistancing runner-up and host Northeastern, who was second with 66 points. The Huskies tied Delaware with 66 points, but earned the tiebreaker over the Blue Hens based on head-to-head.

Ahm also continued a championship streak as the Holbæk, Denmark native won her second straight CAA individual women’s cross country title. Ahm was one of four Elon runners who crossed the line within the top-10 of the women’s 6K.

In the men’s 8K, the maroon and gold men was third overall with William & Mary winning the team title with 28 points. Northeastern was second with 39 points followed by Elon, who posted 83.

Women’s Recap

  • Ahm became the first Elon female to win two conference championships and also the fourth Phoenix women’s runner to earn a league title. Ahm clocked a time of 21:26.20 in the race and was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet.
  • Fellow junior Maggie Springer was third overall in the race as the next Elon runner to cross the finish line. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native ran a time of 21:46.80 and earned All-CAA honors for the second straight season.
  • Leandra Lorenz was fourth overall as the Kleinmachnow, Germany native ran a time of 21:48.50 to earn All-CAA for the second year in a row.
  • Jette Beermann was the fourth Phoenix runner to finish in the top-10 of the race as the freshman clocked a time of 21:55.10 in seventh overall. She also received All-CAA laurels.
  • Senior Hannah Preeo was 12th in the race as the fifth Phoenix runner to cross the finish line. The Wollongong, Australia native posted a time of 22:24.80 and was an All-CAA honoree.

Men’s Recap

  • Aidan Tierney was the Phoenix’s leader on the men’s side as the junior came in with a time of 25:36.70 and was 11th overall to earn All-CAA honors for the third straight year,
  • Zane Jackson was two places behind Tierney as the sophomore just missed out on All-CAA honors with his 13th-place standing. He would cross the finish line with a time of 25:43.20.
  • Andrew Miller was the third runner from Elon to finish as the Fleming Island, Fla. native was 17th overall with a time of 26:07.20.
  • Tamer Metwalli and Daniel King rounded out the top-five scorers for Elon. Metwalli was 23rd with a time of 26:27.10 while King was 30th with his time of 27:12.70

The Phoenix will travel to the NCAA Southeast Regional meet on Friday, Nov. 12, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Women’s Results – Elon 1st place (27 points)

1. Maria Ahm – 21:26.20
3. Maggie Springer – 21:46.80
4. Leandra Lorenz – 21:48.50
7. Jette Beermann – 21:55.10
12. Hannah Preeo – 22:24.80
18. Anna Twomey – 22:46.20
29. Hannah Miller – 23:15.60
36. Amelie Klug – 23:26.70
43. Lizzie Vinci – 23:51.80

Men’s Results – Elon 3rd  place (83 points)

11. Aidan Tierney – 25:36.70
13. Zane Jackson – 25:43.20
17. Andrew Miller – 26:07.20
23. Tamer Metwalli – 26:27.10
30. Daniel King – 27:12.70
31. Cameron Dunn – 28:15.30
38. Mark Szilagyi – 28:36.0