BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- University of Delaware senior Liz McGroarty had another top finish for the Blue Hens on Friday morning at the 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships at Lehigh University.

McGroarty, who has now led the Blue Hens six times in eight races this season and was coming off a fifth place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships two weeks, paced Delaware once again as she finished the six-kilometer race in 34th place with a time of 20:58.8, nearly three minutes better than her 85th place finish last year.

Her 34th place finish was the best for a Delaware runner in the race since Lindsay Prettyman finished 20th at the 2013 NCAA Regional meet to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Delaware placed 17th as a team with a score of 492 points in a strong 28-team field that included the top teams in the region. Penn State took team honors for the second straight year with 31 points as they placed five runners in the top 10. Villanova was second followed by Georgetown, Princeton, Pittsburgh, Penn, West Virginia, Bucknell, Maryland, and Temple.

This is the second year in a row that Delaware placed 17th as a team in this event. 

Delaware had seven runners finish the race. Sophomore Roxanne Ramirez placed 78th place (21:44.5), junior Emily Paolucci came in 101st place (22:08.7), sophomore Analise Kaminski was 139th (22:40.0), junior Jeanette Bendolph was 140th (22:41.6), junior Kathleen Dailey placed 150th (22:51.7), and sophomore Stephanie Bazan came in at 171st (23:36.6).

Bella Burda from Villanova was the individual champion with a time of 20:01.5.

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