Bethlehem, Pa. - September 29, 2018 - The women's cross country team raced to a 20th-place finish at the Paul Short Run on Saturday afternoon, a race which was held at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course on the campus of Lehigh University.
The Paul Short Run is the largest intercollegiate cross country meet in the nation with approximately 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools slated that competed this year. The day-long event includes 14 races (six college, six high school and two open races) beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the men's open race and concludes with the girls' high school JV race at 5:45 p.m.
Leading the Pride on the day was Rachel Wentnick (Metuchen, N.J.), as the sophomore moved up nearly 30 spots after the one-mile mark and clocked in at 24:26 on the 6k course. Following Wentnick was Abby Murdock (Westerly, R.I.), who finished with a time of 25:30, as she was closely followed by Laura Volan (Scarborough, Maine), who notched a time of 25:49.
Rounding out the top five for the Pride was Aly Coyle (Pembroke, Mass.), who notched a time of 25:50 and Lauren Duggan (Mansfield, Mass.), who crossed in 25:56. Coming in sixth for Springfield College was Emory Fairchild (New Milford, Conn.), as the sophomore posted a time of 25:57, just ahead of Heather Fontaine (Brimfield, Mass.), who clocked in at 26:06.
Springfield College will now return to Western Massachusetts for the James Early Invitational, which will be hosted at Westfield State University on Saturday, October 6.