BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In a field of 40 colleges in the women’s college Gold 6K race, the Lehigh women’s cross country team finished 30th with an overall score of 840 points. The Mountain Hawks’ top performer was senior Julia Perry who placed 146th out of the 360 finishers with a time of 22:37. It was just Perry’s second cross country race of her career as she edged out junior Hannah Pierce who finished 162nd in 22:47 as the second Lehigh finisher.
"Two night and day performances for her (Julia Perry)," said Utesch. "She came into the dual meet and ran against one team and comes into Paul Short and runs against 40 teams. It was two completely different atmospheres in the sport of cross country that she’s experienced in the past month but she did a pretty good job of navigating that."
Cornell claimed the top spot in the women’s college Gold 6K race, finishing with 55 points and three runners inside the top 10. The College of William and Mary placed second with 102 points clipping fourth-ranked Georgetown who took third with 106 points. Yale (147) and Dartmouth (149) completed an extremely competitive top five.
Along with Perry and Pierce, sophomore Ingrid Simon ran a tough race, placing 173rd with a time of 22:53. Junior Jessica Kendzor (22:53) placed 175th, while freshman Jennifer Markham placed 184th (23:00). Seniors Amanda Gosselin (23:04) and Victoria Berard (23:05) crossed the line in 189th and 191st, respectively, to complete the Lehigh scoring runners.
"I think it was a huge learning experience for the younger runners on our team and for the inexperienced cross country runners on our team," said head coach Debbie Utesch. "We continued with our strength as our one-to-five pack was tremendous and I was very pleased with their effort in this quantity of a field. It was pretty amazing that they were able to keep that."
Dartmouth junior Abby D’Agostino was the champion of the women’s college Gold 6K, finishing in 19:58, while Cornell senior Katie Kellner took second (20:22) by beating freshman Sarah Colllins from Providence College by one second (20:23).
The women’s college Brown 6K went to the University of Pittsburgh as the Panthers scored 124 points and finished two runners in the top 25. The University of Rhode Island (165) placed second, while Princeton (187) finished third.
Junior Victoria Davis of Bloomsburg won the race after finishing in 21:50, topping second place finisher Rachel Malone of SUNY Brockport by 11 seconds (22:01). South Florida senior Nicole Rozario finished third, just four seconds behind Malone (22:05).
In the women’s college White race, Washington and Lee claimed the top spot with an overall score of 59 points with three runners in the top 10. Eastern Mennonite was a close second, finishing with 88 points and three top 20 performers, while Lebanon Valley took home third with 178 points.
The winner of the women’s college White 6K was Misericordia senior Marina Orrson with a time of 22:41. Drew University senior Jennifer Van Wingerden finished two seconds behind her in 22:43, while freshman Hannah Chappell-Dick of Lebanon Valley took third with a time of 22:52.
In the high school girl’s Brown 5K, Voorhees claimed the crown with 104 points and two top 20 finishers. The individual winner of the Brown 5K was freshman Mady Clahane of Cumberland Valley.
Villa Joseph Marie took the top spot in the high school girl’s White 5K race with an overall score of 167 points. Nazareth Academy junior Veronica Wheeler was the individual champion, crossing the line in 19:41.
Freshman Kamryn McIntosh of Suffern was the champion of the JV girl’s 5K with a time of 21:11.
Utesch wishes that the weather would have been a little nicer, but in all, was pleased with the day and the spectacle that has become the Paul Short Run.
"It’s a great day," said Utesch. "We wish that Mother Nature would cooperate more with us the night before the race so the course wouldn’t mud up but we have some of the greatest fans that come out in these elements to watch their son or daughters compete in these events. I think it was a tremendous atmosphere despite the rain in the morning and a great opportunity for kids from all over the country to come to Lehigh and see what we have to offer."
Lehigh will break until October 13 when the Mountain Hawks will travel to the Princeton Invitational at 10 a.m.