BETHELEHEM, Pa., Oct. 5, 2013 – The James Madison women’s cross country squad competed in both the women’s open and college gold heats of the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University, on Saturday morning. Both races were 6,000-meters long.
In the college women’s open race, junior Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) had a team-best 28th-place finish out of 484 runners, posting a time of 22:15.
Sophomore Kathleen Stewart (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) finished in 77th place with a time of 23:12, and senior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) crossed the finish line 31 seconds later in 123rd place. Junior Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame H.S.) tallied a 128th-place finish with a time of 23:47.
At the 24:01 mark, junior Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) notched a 152nd-place finish. Sophomore Laura Dobbs (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) came in 178th place with a time of 24:12 while freshman Maria Snyder (Woodbury, Pa./Northern Bedford County) picked up a 190th-place with a time of 24:18.
Senior Carrie Payne (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) had 235th-place finish in 24:52, sophomore Caroline Morris (Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe) placed 291st in the race with a time of 25:38 and sophomore Katie Brendli (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) took 306th place with a time of 25:50.
In the team-scored women’s college gold race, the Dukes finished 24th out of 48 teams competing overall. JMU finished with 731 points, 14 points ahead of conference-foe Delaware (745). In dual-meet scoring, the Dukes posted 24 wins against the other 47 teams in competition.
Georgetown tallied 112 points to win the meet, and Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won the individual title out of 406 competitors with a time of 19:44.
Freshman Tessa Mundell (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) had the top finish for the Dukes, coming in 102nd place with a time of 21:53 and posting 101 points for JMU. Sophomore Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) crossed the line just two seconds later for a 111th-place finish and 109 points.
Freshmen Meghan Malloy (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) and Lillie Brown (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) came in 128th place (22:03, 126 pts) and 243rd place (22:55, 227 pts) respectively. Junior Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) tallied a 174th-place finish in 22:24 for 168 points, and junior Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) notched the final scored run in 323rd place (23:34, 288 pts).
The Dukes travel to the Penn State National Invitational on Friday, Oc