LEBANON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's cross country team's top five runners crossed the line within 71 seconds of each other as the Royals finished fifth at the Dutchmen Invitational on Saturday morning at Union Canal Tunnel Park.
The Royals, who were running at the same location as the Landmark Conference championships this November, finished with 119 points. The host, Lebanon Valley, took the team title with 28 points, followed by Moravian (68), Catholic (96), Juniata (108) and Scranton.
Sophomore Rachel Kerr (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) led the Royals for the second straight week, finishing 15th by completing the 5,000-meter course in 19:52.81, a career-best for that distance.
Sophomore Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) placed 20th in 20:08.92, also a career best. Freshman Jessica Hoffmann (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) was close behind, placing 22nd with a time of 20:17.26.
Freshman Amanda Maughan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) was the fourth Royal across the line, placing 29th in 20:48.44. Senior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) rounded out the team's top five by placing 33rd in 21:03.53, which was also her career-best for 5,000 meters.
The women's cross country team will toe the line next on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Cougar Classic at 10:30 a.m. at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.