BEAR, Del. -- The University of Delaware women’s cross country squad captured its third team title of the season Friday afternoon as the Blue Hens, led once again by Lindsay Prettyman (at right), ran past the field to capture first place at the UD Blue & Gold Invitational at Lums Pond State Park.

The Blue Hens, who earlier this year won the Lehigh Invitational on Aug. 31 and the Delaware Invitational on Sept. 15, made it three team titles as they posted a team total of 30 points to easily outdistance runner-up Maryland in the six-kilometer race.

The Terrapins earned 57 points and were followed by George Mason (66), West Chester (108), Mt. St. Mary’s (117), Howard (167), and Goldey-Beacom (213) in the seven-team field.

Delaware served as the meet host although it marked the first time the Blue Hens have run competitively on the course, which is located about nine miles south of campus. The Hens’ home course is White Clay Creek State Park.

Howard won the team title in the eight-kilometer men’s race with 25 points followed by West Chester (48), Mt. St. Mary’s (49), and Goldey-Beacom (111)

Prettyman, a junior from Newark, Del. (St. Mark’s High School), posted her third top two finish of the year as she covered the course in a time of 21:50.32, finishing behind only overall winner Rebbecca Yep of Maryland, who covered the course in 21:32.53. Prettyman, who has led the Blue Hens in all four races she has run this season, earlier this year won individual titles at the Lehigh and Delaware Invitationals.

Delaware had five other top 10 finishers on the overcast and windy afternoon as Katie Deinert was fifth (22:04.40), Nicole Daly was sixth (22:05.75), Kellye Foulke finished eighth (21:17.33), Katrina Steenkamer was ninth (22:22.19), and Alyssa Kennedy placed 10th (22:24.08). Three other Blue Hen runners finished in the top 20 in the 74-runner field.

Delaware will take next weekend off as the Blue Hens prepare for their next meet Oct. 27 when UD competes at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

AGATE:

Women’s Final Team Standings: 1. Delaware - 30; 2. Maryland - 57; 3. George Mason - 66; 4. West Chester - 108; 5. Mt. St. Mary’s - 117; 6. Howard - 167; 7. Goldey-Beacom - 213.

Top 10 Finishers: 1. Rebecca Yep (Maryland), 21:32.63; 2. Lindsay Prettyman (Delaware), 21:50.32; 3. Amanda Eisman (WCU), 21:54.85; 4. Bethany Sachtleben (George Mason), 21:58.19; 5. Katie Deinert (Delaware), 22:04.40; 6. Nicole Daly (Delaware), 22:05.75; 7. Anna Roth (Maryland), 22:08.97; 8. Kellye Foulke (Delaware), 22:17.33; 9. Katrina Steenkamer (Delaware), 22:22.19; 10. Alyssa Kennedy (Delaware), 22:24.08.

Other Delaware Finishers: 16. Rachel Weinberger, 22:45.72; 18. Kayla Koonz, 22:53.05; 20. Michele Lambert, 22:58.37; 25. Emma Sidoriak, 23:10.79; 26. Nicole Rittman, 23:13.73; 34. Jess Olsen, 23:43.82; 38. Francine Gebbia, 23:59.99; 43. Emily Gispert, 24:13.54; 46. Samantha Reilly, 24:25.93; 55. Danielle Wegrzyn, 25:16.52

Men’s Final Team Standings: 1. Howard - 25; 2. West Chester - 48; 3. Mt. St. Mary’s - 49; 4. Goldey-Beacom - 111.

Top 10 Finishers: 1. Elisha Metto (Howard), 25:06.70; 2. Thomas Gruschow (MSM), 25:25.56; 3. Giovani Mowatt (Howard), 25:37.99; 4. Elly Rono (Howard), 25:52.09; 5. Christopher Swisko (MSM), 26:06.26; 6. Aaron Harrison (Howard), 26:06.53; 7. Sean Sebeck (WCU), 26:12.04; 8. Zack Musselman (WCU), 26:29.30; 9. Ed Brittingham (WCU), 26:29.67; 10. Curran Kneebone (WCU), 26:40.19.