Sullivan leads Scots at Spartan Invite

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 11:02 PM
Sullivan leads Scots at Spartan Invite by Mike Lantinen
Photo by Michael Lantinen

Returning for their second year at the Spartan invite, the Edinboro women’s cross country team, led by Emma Sullivan, joined the men for a trip to Michigan State University. Three of Edinboro’s competitors— Marylouise Lindner, Pia Briger and Cassandra Whitmoyer — would compete in their first collegiate competition of this caliber for their respected careers.

Sullivan had an impressive race, finishing 12th with a time of 22:44. As the only senior on the team, Sullivan is paving the way for the Scots. Following the departure of the majority of Edinboro’s top runners, Sullivan is left to lead the pack.

Abigale Peters, improving her time from this past year on the same course by nearly two whole minutes, continued her successful season thus far.

Placing one spot in front of Peters would be her teammate and Lockport, New York alumni Abby Lang. Notching 23:49 for her finishing time, it would be good enough for 40th place, one spot ahead of Peters, who finished in 23:52.

Mary Louise Lindner and Pia Briger rounded off the top five for the Scots with finishes in 58th and 68th place. Lindner, also a junior member of the Edinboro softball team, joined the team this year to fill out the roster.

Sullivan spoke highly of Briger and Lindner “I’ve actually known her [Lindner] since high school since she’s from the Buffalo area. She went to Ken West, played soccer, basketball and softball, so she has a lot of that cardiovascular training.”

Sullivan continued, “She just goes out there and wants to run hard. She has no idea who she’s racing against or what a good time is.”

When asked about Briger’s transition in the program Sullivan said, “she’s really a 400 or 800 runner who’s running cross country. I think she’s going to be a big help [this season] and an even bigger surprise then people think.

Every athlete searches for that balance between passion for the sport and the ability to put that in the back of your head and simply perform. Her performance in the Doug Watts Gala two weeks ago put her on the map for the rest of the year. 

Michael Lantinen is a sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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