Having competed in just one race over the past two seasons, junior Cara Notarianni (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) may have just been happy to be back in action for The University of Scranton women’s cross country team. She made quite a splash in her return, and as a result has been named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Sept. 2.
After missing most of the past two seasons due to injury, Notarianni placed sixth in the Marywood Invitational to pace the Royals to a second-place finish in the eight-team race. She covered the 4,000-meter course at McDade Park in Scranton in 17:03 to finish sixth among the 70 runners in the field.
In her only previous race in her career, Notarianni placed 64th in the Landmark Conference championships as a freshman in 2010.
The Royals are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 8, when they compete in the Vassar Invitational in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. at 11 a.m.