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Price Leads Tufts Women's Cross Country To Third At Connecticut College Invitational
|Abby Barker was one of the scoring five for Tufts
WATERFORD, CT - The Tufts women's cross country team placed four runners in the top 20 to finish third out of 17 teams at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Memorial State Park on Saturday.
Rutgers University won the meet with 48 points. Plattsburgh State finished as the runner-up with 56 points. The Jumbos were only eight points behind Plattsburgh, accumulating 64 points to take third place. The College of New Jersey and Oneonta State rounded out the top five. Stefanie Braun of Plattsburgh ran to individual victory with a record time of 21:45 over the six-kilometer course, besting the 211-competitor field.
For Tufts' varsity runners who will be competing in championship meets, this race was the final tune-up before the post-season. For others, it was the last competition of the season and served as an opportunity to set personal bests and carry positive momentum into the indoor track season. Weather conditions did not make it easy for any competitors, as 25-35 MPH winds made it difficult to sustain a quick pace over the waterfront course. Nevertheless, many Jumbos recorded impressive performances.
Senior tri-captain Anya Price (Natick, MA) was first across the line for Tufts, placing third overall with a time of 22:19. Junior tri-captain Lilly Fisher (Kansas City, MO) was also able to secure a top five finish as well, as she clocked a time of 22:41.
The sophomore trio of Madeleine Carey (Albuquerque, NM), Abby Barker (San Carlos, CA), and Lauren Creath (Corte Madera, CA) rounded out the scoring five for the Jumbos. Carey and Barker finished back-to-back in 17th and 18th place with times of 23:03 and 23:09 respectively. Creath crossed the line with a time of 23:16, good enough for 21st overall.
Next to finish for Tufts was another sophomore in the form of Laura Peterson (Omaha, NE) who clocked a time of 23:34 to finish in 35th place. Junior Julia Hajnoczky (Wallingford, PA) was only two seconds back of Peterson to secure 37th overall.
With many solid performances and a few quality months of training under their belts, the Jumbos who wrapped up their 2011 XC season on Saturday will look to carry the success into the indoor track campaign, which begins December 3. For the varsity runners, another impressive team performance is a great confidence-booster as championship season approaches.
The top 15 runners on Coach Kristen Morwick's squad will take next week off before competing in the NESCAC Championship on October 29 at Amherst College.