Women's Cross Country Places 18th out of 40 teams at Lehigh Paul Short Run

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2012 Lehigh Paul Short Women's Gold 6k Results

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Quinnipiac women's cross country team placed 18th at the 39th annual Lehigh Paul Short Run on Friday morning. The Bobcats competed against 39 collegiate teams in the Women's Gold 6k Race and finished with a total of 593 points, while Cornell University won the meet with 55 points. Senior Becca White (Natick, Mass.) led the Bobcat contingent with a 74th-place finish and a time of 21:50.

"We all competed today and I think the race went pretty well overall," Quinnipiac women's cross country head coach Carolyn Martin said. "The girls are really making an effort to pack up into groups during the race which has paid off in the past. In a race like this with around 350 competitors it really helps to stay together and it paid off today."

The 18th-place team finish is seven spots higher than the 2011 Lehigh Paul Short Run result for the Bobcats and the total time this year of 1:51:39 was nearly two minutes faster than Quinnipiac's result last year, 1:53:14. Quinnipiac also finished several spots ahead of regional powers Delaware, St. Joseph's, and Maryland, all of which are ranked No. 11, 12, and 14, respectively in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional Women's Cross Country Rankings.  

Junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) continues her breakout season with a 103rd-place finish and time of 22:10, besting her 2011 Lehigh Paul Short Run result of 24:46. The next three finishers for Quinnipiac executed Coach Martin's plan for packed running well as they all finished within five seconds of one another.  Junior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) crossed the finish line in 22:31, good for 135th-place, while freshman Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) finished fourth for the Bobcats in 22:33, her highest team finish of the season. Junior Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.) rounded out the trio for Quinnipiac with a 143rd-place finish and a time of 22:36.

The Bobcats are now in line for the New England Championships at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. on Sunday, Oct. 7. The women's sub varsity race will begin at 12 p.m. and varsity opens at 1:30 p.m.

2012 Lehigh Paul Short Run Team Results

PLACE TEAM                POINTS  

  1 Cornell University             55   
  2 College of William           102    
  3 Georgetown                   106   
  4 Yale University                147   
  5 Dartmouth College         149    
  6 Providence College         167    
  7 Villanova                         184    
  8 Brown University             196   
  9 Univ of New Hampshire   331 
10 Navy                                332  
11 Stony Brook                     343  
12 Univ. of Vermont              383  
13 Harvard University           414  
14 Duquesne University        449  
15 Johns Hopkins                  450  
16 Univ of Pennsylvania        490  
17 Shippensburg                   556  
18 Quinnipiac University        593  
19 University of Delawar       615  
20 Univ of Tennessee            617  
21 Marist College                  624  
22 Rice University                  633  
23 U S Military Acad               654  
24 St. Lawrence                    692  
25 Univ of Maryland               700  
26 Boston University             740  
27 Saint Josephs                   751  
28 Stonehill                           769  
29 University at Buffalo         770 
30 Lehigh University              840 
31 Loyola Univ Maryland        861  
32 Virginia Military Ins            871  
33 Colgate University             884  
34 University of Mass             891 
35 Rider University                 934 
36 Binghamton                       977  
37 Coll of the Holy Cros          980 
38 University of Miami           1097  
39 Usc Upstate                     1186 
40 Virginia Commonwealth   1329 

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu