September 18, 2010

Women's Cross Country Runs Away With Invitational

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's cross country team placed first at the Quinnipiac University Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Bobcats won their second race of the season with 15 points overall. Stonehill College placed second with 53 points, while Yale University finished third with 79 points. Sophomore Becca White (Natick, Mass.) won her first meet of the season, with a time of 18:13.

"The women did a great job today. We swept the meet, but it wasn't something I was expecting," said Head Coach Carolyn Martin. "I knew that Stonehill had a very strong women's program, so we were expecting a battle. Our women wanted to protect their home course and they ran hard." The Bobcats swept the first five places and were led by White, who was named NEC Athlete of The Week after placing third at the CCSU Blue Devil Invitational. Following White in second place was NEC Rookie of the Week Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.), with a time of 18:41. Close behind the freshman were her sisters, Brianna and Christina, finishing in 18:53 and 19:03, respectively. Junior Katie Beam (South Windsor, Conn.) finished in fifth place overall with a time of 19:05.

"We have a very young team, so it's really an exciting year right now," said Martin. "We have a lot of depth on our women's team and we're going to continue to get better in the next couple of years."

The Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics recognized fifth-year graduate student Kristen Stevens (Succasunna, N.J.) for her accomplishments with the Bobcats. Stevens ran her final race at Quinnipiac in 19:10, good for an eighth place finish overall.

The Bobcats will run their next race at the Paul Short Invitational on Friday, Oct. 1. The meet is held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. and is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.