The women's cross-country team at Bowdoin College was instituted in 1976, and gained immediate national respect. The participation of future-Olympic champion Joan Benoit '79, and three- time All-American Jane Petrick '82 established the Polar Bears as one of the premier programs in New England and the country.
In recent years, the Polar Bears have competed well in the NESCAC- one of the most competitive conferences in the nation- and have run well at the New England Championship meets. In 2003, Libby Barney was named as the NCAA's Woman of the Year for the State of Maine, exhibiting the exceptional balance between academics and athletics that Bowdoin offers.
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The Polar Bears had a breakout season in the fall of 2007, posting their best campaign in years. Bowdoin won four events, including the Maine State Championship, placed third at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship and earned a trip to the NCAA Meet with a third-place showing at the New England Regional. At NCAA's, Bowdoin placed 27th overall.
Individually, the Polar Bears were led by the consistency of Laura Onderko, who claimed victories at the Colby, Farmington and Maine State meets. First-year Yasmine White came on strong at the end of the season, placing third at NESCAC's to earn First-Team All-Conference and Rookie of the Year recognition.
The Bowdoin College cross-country teams take full advantage of the natural beauty that Maine provides. To view the Polar Bear's home course, click HERE. For a complete list of training sites, click HERE.