Phipps, Hay Lead St. Marys Women at Don Cathcart Invitational
Salisbury, Md. - The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's cross country team competed against thirteen schools, including two Division II schools, at the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University.
The Seahawk women beat out Capital Athletic Conference foes, Hood College, Stevenson University, Wesley College, and Gallaudet University.
This time around, the St. Mary's women ran a slightly longer course as the race was 5,920 meters long. The Seahawks notched 246 points for an eighth-place finish out of 12 teams, finishing ahead of CAC opponents, Hood (ninth), Stevenson (10th), and Wesley (11th).
Freshman Katie Phipps (Severna Park, Md./Chesapeake) was the team's top finisher as Phipps posted a time of 25:09 to place 42nd out of 108 runners. St. Mary's next top finisher was freshman Kristin Hay (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) as Hay came in 50th with a time of 25:27.
Sophomore Kathleen Tatem (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) placed 72nd with a time of 27:07.
Rounding out the race for the Seahawks were freshman Margaret Lillie (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill), junior Christi Ford (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and sophomore Laura Hewins (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy). Lillie placed 78th in 27:36 followed by Ford in 88th with a time of 28:56, while Hewins was 93rd in 30:49.
The Seahawks will return to action Saturday, October 10 at the Goucher College Cross Country Classic in Towson, Md. The race will begin at 10:30 am.
The addition of men's and women's cross country this past spring brought St. Mary's athletic offerings to 17 sports.
Affiliated with NCAA Division III, St. Mary's became the ninth and final member institution of the Capital Athletic Conference to sponsor both men's and women's cross country. The Seahawks joined Gallaudet University, Hood College, the University of Mary Washington, Marymount (Va.) University, Salisbury University, Stevenson University, Wesley College, and York (Pa.) College.
5K Women's Team Standings: 1. John Carroll (51), 2. East Stroudsburg (59), 3. Shenandoah (85), 4. Salisbury (113), 5. Frostburg State (122), 6. Wilmington (Del.) (135), 7. Virginia Wesleyan (149), 8. St. Mary's (Md.) (246), 9. Hood (261), 10. Stevenson (269), 11. Wesley (337), 12. Anne Arundel CC (338)