MEDFORD - For the second time this season and the fourth time in her career, Tufts University senior Danielle Page has been selected as New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Cross Country Performer of the Week today.
Page competed against the region's best at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championship featuring Division I, II and III runners at Franklin Park on Saturday (Oct. 9). Tufts was the only Division III team in the race and Page placed fourth individually with a time of 17:35.8 over five kilometers.
It was the best cross country 5K time of Page's career, topping the 17:55.2 mark that she ran in this race two years ago to finish seventh overall. In Saturday's women's varsity race, which featured 155 finishers, Page was 21 seconds behind race winner Lauren White from Boston College who was an All-ACC performer last year. American International College's Fransiscah Cherotich was second (17:24.1) and Anna Oeser of Boston College placed third (17:24.9). Page was comfortably ahead of fifth-place finisher Angelia Rafter of Central Connecticut (17:42.2).
Led by Page, head coach Kristen Morwick's team placed 10th out of 23 squads at the NEICAAA Championship. It was the Jumbos' third straight time in the top 10.
Page was honored by NESCAC on September 27 of this season after winning Williams College's Purple Valley Classic. She received it twice during her sophomore season (2019). Tufts has now won the award seven of the last 12 times it has been presented, including Sabrina Gornisiewicz in 2019 and Natalie Bettez twice in 2018.
A NESCAC Cross Country All-Conference first team honoree in 2019, Page was NESCAC Track's Most Outstanding Performer for the 2021 spring season.