BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's cross country team finished 10th in the White Race at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Saturday, the Royals' best performance in the event in 16 years.
Scranton finished with 343 points, just three behind ninth-place Cortland State. Haverford took the title with 73 points. The Royals had not posted a top-10 finish at the Paul Short Invitational since 2002, when they placed seventh. This is the team's fifth straight year competing at the event after an 11-year hiatus.
Sophomore Rachel Kerr (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) continued her strong season by leading the team, finishing 27th by completing the 6,000-meter course in 24:08. It was a career-best for 6,000 meters by 72 seconds and marked the fourth time in four events that she has led the team.
Sophomore Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) was the team's second finisher with a time of 24:34, a season-best for 6,000 meters. Sophomore Nicole Parello (Staten Island, N.Y./Susan E. Wagner H.S.) saw her first action of the season and was the team's third finisher, placing 84th in 25:15, four seconds off her career best at 6,000 meters.
Senior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) was fourth across the line in the purple and white, placing 94th in 25:20, her best time of the season for 6,000 meters. And freshman Lauren Usaitis (DuBois, Pa./DuBois Area) rounded out the team's top five in 117th with a time of 25:38, the best mark of her young career for 6,000 meters.
The women's cross country team will be back in action in two weeks when the Royals run in the Inter-Regional Border Battle on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.