Courtesy: America East Communications

Purrier's 7th-Place Finish Nets NCAA Cross Country All-America Recognition

Release: 11/21/2016

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - New Hampshire women's cross country standout Elinor Purrier earned All-America status for the fourth time in her career after finishing seventh overall at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championship Saturday.

It was the best finish for an America East student-athlete at the NCAA Cross Country Championship since Stony Brook's Lucy Van Dalen was sixth in 2010.

Purrier covered the 6K course in 19:56.9 to earn All-America honors for the fourth time since the spring of 2015. She had previously been named an All-American in outdoor track & field (3,000-meter steeplechase - 2015, 2016) and in indoor track & field (mile run - 2016).

Stony Brook's Christina Melian also competed in the race, placing a top-100 finish with her time of 20:50.1.

Last year, a pair of America East runners, Hassan Omar and Laura Rose Donegan, earned All-America status. Overall, eight America East cross country standouts have earned the honor in the last 10 years.

Purrier is America East's first All-American of 2016-17. Last year, 27 America East student-athletes across all sports earned that distinction.