Blue Hen Cross Country Finishes in Second Place at University of Delaware Invitational
NEWARK, Del. -- Senior Lindsay Prettyman set a course record for University of Delaware runners and finished fourth overall in the race to lead the Blue Hen women’s cross country squad to a second place team finish at the Delaware Invitational Saturday morning at White Clay Creek State Park.
Prettyman, who has now led the team in 13 straight meets and 16 of the last 17 since the 2011 season, covered the six-kilometer course in a time of 22:19.99 to break the UD course record of 22:31.59 set by Julia Somers in 2006. Delaware runners posted four of the top five and 7 of the top 10 fastest times on the course in UD history.
Princeton, led by overall winner Megan Curham (21:39.39), captured the Division I team title with a score of 21 points, outdistancing runner-up Delaware, Towson, and Seton Hall. Gettysburg won the Division II/III title.
In the men’s race, Princeton won the Division I team title while Wilmington captured the Division II/III team crown. Princeton’s Sam Pons was the individual winner with a time of 25:00.00 over the eight-kilometer course.
“We had a great day and ran well,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “We had some personal best performances and efforts we are very proud of as a team. Princeton is a vey good team but it was great to compete against them on our home course. Towson also had some good performance as well. It was a competitive field all round and we represented Delaware well.”
Also for the Delaware women, Emily Gispert was 10th (22:35.26), Nicole Daly was 13th (22:56.07), Alyssa Kennedy was 14th (22:57.78), Katrina Steenkamer was 15th (23:04.76), Michele Lambert was 16th (23:10.34), Meredith Steenkamer was 17th (23:20.13), and Shannon Kelly was 19th (23:21.69).