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Flanagan twins earn Ireland call up

TWINS Eilish and Roisin Flanagan helped the Adams State women’s cross-country team to the NCAA Division II National Championship South Central Region title.

Having already propelled the ‘Grizzlies’ to their own conference crown, the former Sacred Heart College pair were again in top form to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships in Pittsburgh on Saturday, December 1.

The Rouskey natives then received word that they would be part of the Ireland under-23 women’s team for the European Cross-Country Championships in Holland a week later.

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During their latest collegiate victory, Eilish was the top finisher for the women as she placed third in a time of 21:36.7 minutes for the 6K race.
The women battled from start to finish with conference foe Western Colorado, but depth was the difference in sealing the Grizzlies team victory.

The Adams State women made their presence known early on the in the 6K race as battled for position and put themselves in a spot to control the race through the first split. The Mountaineers looked to keep pace which put on a show for fans in attendance.

At the 4K mark of the race, the Grizzlies had five runners in the top-10 and all seven were in the top-15. Stephanie Cotter led the entire pack through the first split at a time of 14:22.1.

Two spots behind her in a tie for third were the Flanagan twins in Eilish and Roisin. Tiffany Christensen was sixth at the split, while Kaylee Bogina was the fifth runner at the split in 10th.

The final 2K of the race was a tight one as the Grizzlies and Mountaineers battled for position to claim the regional title. The Mountaineers claimed the first two places at the finish line but the next three finishers were all Grizzlies.

Roisin Flanagan was fourth in a time of 21:44.3, with Stephanie Cotter finishing right behind her in fifth in 21:45.8. Western Colorado grabbed the sixth and eighth place finish with their third runner and fourth runner, respectively. The fourth Adams State runner was Christensen who finished seventh with a time of 21:56.3.
The Flanagan twins were both named to the USTFCCCA All-South Central Region team for their efforts.

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