Women’s Cross Country Finishes 11th out of 30 at Invitational

The Women's Cross Country team raced in the Annual Gettysburg Invitational (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College Athletics).

The Women’s Cross Country team raced in the Annual Gettysburg Invitational (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College Athletics)

By Alex Petrecca Staff Writer

On Saturday the Gettysburg College women’s cross-country team hosted the 30th Annual Gettysburg Invitational. At the meet, the team finished 11th among 30 teams.

As a team, Gettysburg scored 336, which placed them 3rd among the 16 Division III schools at the Invitational. Division II Cedarville took home the title with a score of 42.

Senior Sarah Rinehart led the team to their 11th place finish, running the 6,000-meter course in 23:44, good for a 16th place finish overall, beating 318 other runners. Senior Colleen Campbell placed second on the team, finishing 86th overall with a time of 25:27.

“I was pretty happy with it. It was a beautiful day, and I actually prefer the cold weather. I feel like that reflects on the team in general. Everyone ran pretty well today which looks good moving forward” said Rinehart about her individual and the team’s overall performance.

The team was happy with their overall results and were excited moving forward.

“As a team, we thrive under these conditions because we’re such a tight pack when we do race. Our goal is to find another Bullet, latch on, try to reel them in and try to help them out. As a pack we definitely try to pick people off and in a race with this many people it’s very easy to do that. It was such a fun race. It’s finally cooled off.  This was our first real cross-country race so it was great to finally not worry about the weather,” Campbell said about the race.

First Year Amy Milner was the next to finish for Gettysburg, who finished 104th at 25:51, and at 105th Margot Hoagland finished with a time of 25:52. Kathrin O’Brien rounded out the team at 115th at the 26:08 mark.

As displacers for the team, sophomore Michelle O’Malley and senior Danielle DeMichael finished at 117th and 135th, respectively.

This Friday, October 19th, a partial squad will be participating in the Lebanon Valley Invitational before preparing for the Centennial Conference Champions.

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Author: Alex Petrecca

Alex Petrecca ‘19 is a staff writer for the Gettysburgian who writes primarily for the sports section. He is from Fairfield, Connecticut, and is a fan of the New England Patriots. He is a captain of both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and is majoring in Health sciences. Follow him on Instagram @alex_Petrecca.

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