The Quinnipiac women’s cross country team finished in 25th place at the 37th annual Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Friday.
With 668 points and an average time of 22:27 in the 6,000-meter race, the Bobcats followed after schools such as Cornell, Columbia, Brown, and Iona. Georgetown University placed first with an average time of 20:26 and 34 points, followed by the University of Virginia and James Madison with average times of 20:50 and 21:08 and 98 and 169 points respectively.
“The women’s team has had a lot of hard practices over the last few weeks,” Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin said. “Although we didn’t run as well as we were hoping, as a whole, we see where we need to improve. We’re going to make those improvements for the championship season in order for the team to be where it needs to be.”
Sophomore Becca White completed the course first for the Bobcats, coming in 46th place with a time of 21:27. The next Quinnipiac runners to finish were Amanda Faust at 22:21 in 119th place, Kristen Stevens at 22:24 in 126th place, and Katie Beam at 22:50 in 172nd place.
Georgetown won the meet with all seven runners in the top 20. Emily Infield came in first, while Colgate’s Elise DeRoo and James Madison’s Alison Parris came in second and third, respectively.
The Bobcats finished ahead of their Northeastern Conference rival as Mount St. Mary’s came in last place.
Quinnipiac will compete at the New England Championships on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Boston.