Five Ravens sub-26:00 in 6K
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (October 4, 2014) – Freshman Natalie Davies finished her 6K in 24:42 on Saturday, to lead the way for the Franklin Pierce University women's cross country team at the Paul Short Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Lehigh. The Ravens finished with 591 points to place 22nd in their 35-team meet.
Davies' time was good for 84th place on Saturday and she was the only Raven to crack the top 100 in the 309-runner field. Three of her teammates were able to crack to top-150: junior Doria Brown (Little Falls, N.J.) in 114th (25:06), freshman Katelyn Thomas in 115th (25:07) and junior Shannon Lozier (Merrimac, Mass.) in 127th (25:16).
Sophomore Holly Lindoe (Holbrook, N.Y.) rounded out Franklin Pierce's five scoring positions at Lehigh, as she ran a 25:53 to finish 151st and place in the top half of the field as well. Freshman Alexa Cassara in 157th (26:10) and junior Kayla DiGiantommaso (Manchester, N.H.) rounded out the Ravens' participation in the White heat, which was the third tier of competition at the Paul Short Run.
In the team competition, Rensselaer Polytechnic (112 points) took home the title by narrowly edging Univ. of Mary Washington (117), which finished second. California of Pennsylvania (180) in third, York (189) in fourth and Worcester Polytechnic (203) in fifth rounded out the top five.
Individually, California of Pennsylvania's Julie Friend (21:37) took first place by just two seconds over Univ. of Mary Washington's Natalie Young (21:39). Lebanon Valley's Kelsey Patrick (21:59) took third, Misericordia's Bianca Bolton (22:31) finished fourth and Southern New Hampshire's Laura O'Hanlon (22:31) rounded out the top-five individuals.
The Ravens are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the New England Championships, at Franklin Park in Boston.
For more information on Franklin Pierce Athletics, please visit the official website of Franklin Pierce Athletics (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu). Also be sure to follow the Ravens through the Department of Athletics' official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens), its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports) and its Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/FPUathletics). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce cross country apparel can do so at the Department of Athletics' online store (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store).