First-place finish for women’s cross country

Jonathan Tewodros, Senior Writer

The women’s cross country team kicked off the season with an encouraging victory at the Harry Lang Invitational at Colgate University.  The race served as a very early preview of what is to come when the Patriot League Championships roll around.  The Bison took first out of the eight competing teams, with three finishers among the top 10.  The Bison won the meet with a score of 52 points, followed closely by Albany with a score of 53 points.

Kate Scott ’17 was the top finisher for the Bison, finishing in third place in 17:22. Scott came only five seconds behind the first-place finisher from Syracuse. Trailing closely behind were Deanna Godby ’16 and Sarah Chandler ’17, who finished ninth and 10th, respectively.  Rounding out the top five five for the Bison were Christine O’Kane ’19 finishing in 11th pace in 17:45, and Kate VanNess ’16 finishing in 23rd place in 18:06.

“After a few months of summer training, it was nice to compete in our first race together as a team,” Lauren Lamoureux ’17 said about the team’s victory. “The close victory made us all even more excited for the rest of the season.”

Overall, the Bison showed strong depth with a number of girls finishing the race strongly despite the heat and the steep hills they had to endure. Next up for the Orange and Blue is a race on Sept. 11 at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, hosted by Penn State.

 

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