LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J.– The Wesleyan women's cross country team ran to a third place finish out of 39 teams at the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan University on Saturday. Out of the 39 teams that competed, Wesleyan bested five nationally ranked squads, falling only to No. 1 Johns Hopkins and No. 3 SUNY Geneseo. Of the 36 other teams, Wesleyan triumphed over No. 7 St. Lawrence, No. 10 RPI, No. 22 Rochester, No. 30 Carnegia Mellon and No. 35 Allegheny. This strong performance gives Wesleyan a good idea of where they are situated in the nation, as they continue to have their sights set high for the post-season.
Johns Hopkins won the meet with an impressive 33 points, placing five runners in the top-20. SUNY Geneseo had runners place fifth, eighth and tenth, earning 84 points which was good for second place. The Cardinals were not far behind (130) placing three runners in the top-25, with just 41 seconds separating the five Wesleyan-scorers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan was led by the combined efforts of Becky Lopez-Anido '21 and Julia Mitchell '19, finishing the 6k race with less than one second separating the two. Lopez-Anido placed 16th with a time of 21:59.1, while Mitchell followed, crossing the finish line in 21:59.7.
- Junior Sara Pinsonault was just 13 seconds behind, racing to a 24th-place finish, clocking in at 22:12.
- Rhoen Fiutak '19 finished fourth for the Cardinals with a time of 22:22.
- Sophomore Emma Trapani rounded out the scorers for Wesleyan, finishing the course with a time of 22:40.
- Freshmen Abigail Pipkin (24:47), Mary Brenna Catus (26:01), and Madeline Nagler (26:05) all had strong races.
- The Cardinals return to action when they compete at the 2018 NESCAC Championship meet hosted by Tufts University on October 27th.