Women take first among DII programs at Paul Short

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 8:55 PM

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Edinboro women’s cross country team: what happened? The Paul Short Invitational attracts some of the best talent across the country, including teams from the PSAC like Shippensburg, West Chester and Kutztown. One of these conference foes, Shippensburg, was ranked as the top school in the conference in a USTFCCCA ranking just last week. Not anymore.

There are multiple categories and races at Lehigh’s invite. The gold race represents the largest and most successful programs with schools like Duke, Villanova and Georgia at the top. The brown race consists of both division one and division two competitors, with the results separated by division after the fact.

Of non division one teams, Edinboro placed first overall with 81 overall points. Their average time was only one second faster than Assumption, the second place team. Paul Short has a history as a fast course, leaving much to be considered in terms of comparisons outside of this exact meet.

From first to fifth, the Scots had a 59 second spread between runners. Leading the way as she has for much of the year was true freshman Stefanie Parsons. She would place sixth with a time of 21:46, averaging 5:50 per mile. After the first kilometer, Edinboro held six spots within the top 16, getting off to a great start.

At the end of the race, four of them finished in the top 20. Second for the team was redshirt freshman and transfer Hope Pietrocarlo, who placed eighth in the race. Pietrocarlo was closely followed by the pair of Jasmine Fehr and the only non-freshman in the team’s top seven, Abbey Lang. Running down the crowded final stretch of the race, the two finished 14th and 18th. That makes four. You need one more.

The fifth finisher for Edinboro was Tori Klimowicz, who ran a total time of 22:45. In 35th, Klimowicz has battled with fellow classmate Brooke Messinger for that spot and came out on top this week.

Jordan Hauser and Messinger rounded out the squad in places 59 and 137. Messinger ran 23:12 while Hauser ran 25:00.

The cross country scoring system works with the first five finishers, adding their places together. In situations where there is a tie, the sixth runner becomes the deciding factor. Of the teams that tied, whichever sixth runner finishes first wins.

Their next race with be in Romeoville, Illinois for the Great Lakes Valley Conference meet on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Michael Lantinen can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

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