Women’s cross country wins seventh straight Lafayette dual
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s cross country team defeated Lafayette 20-39 on Friday for the Mountain Hawks' seventh straight Lafeyette dual victory. Katherine Pierce finished the 6k first overall with a time of 21:54.6 while Savanna Plombon took second with a time of 22:11.6. The pair was part of seven Lehigh runners that finished in the top 10.
“I’m thrilled for Katherine to win the dual race in her senior year and go out with that kind of feather in her cap and Savanna has shown she is going be a consistent front runner for us,” said head coach Debbie Utesch. “This is an incredible rivalry and it’s always a great thing to be a part of. The whole team really gets up for it. Lafayette is a very good team and this isn’t a race about talent on paper but heart, pride and who is going to carry on the tradition.”
After Pierce and Plombon, Shannon Nelson took fourth while Sam Anderson placed fifth and Amanda Gosselin, Jessica Kendzor and Marissa Galante finished seventh through tenth, respectively.
Lafayette placed its top runner third, Rose Wiley with a time of 22:55.5.
Lehigh will return to its home course Friday, September 30th for the 38th-annual Brooks-Paul Short Run. The all-day event will open with collegiate races throughout the morning and high school competitions in the afternoon. Over 170 colleges are scheduled to compete including some of the top nationally ranked programs.
“Paul Short is a very different animal than a dual race,” said Utesch. “They will be lucky if they can find their teammates during the race, but we have been working on that all season. It’s going to be a very deep field competitively and it will give us a chance to see where we stack up.”