LOGAN TWP., N.J. – The University of Scranton women's cross country team placed 34th on Saturday at the Inter-Regional Border Battle, hosted by Rowan University.
Scranton's top runner in the 6,000-meter race was sophomore Rachel Kerr (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep), who finished 149th in a time of 24:00.8, a new personal best at that distance by eight seconds.
Senior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) finished 226th in 24:54.4, setting a season best at 6,000 meters by 26 seconds. The freshmen duo of Jessica Hoffmann (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Lauren Usaitis (DuBois, Pa./DuBois Area) were next across the line. Hoffmann finished 272nd in 25:36.1 with Usaitis right on her shoulder, finishing 273rd in 25:36.7. Both set career bests for 6,000 meters.
Sophomore Emily de Onis (Blue Town, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) was the team's fifth runner, placing 277th in 25:41.2 in her first career effort at 6,000 meters.
Scranton finished with 985 points in the 39-team event. Johns Hopkins won the team title with 33 points, easily ahead of second-place SUNY Geneseo's total of 84. Emily Forner of Allegheny won the individual title with a time of 21:05.8.
The women's cross country team will now have two weeks to prepare for the Landmark Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Union Canal Tunnel Park in Lebanon, Pa.