Center Valley, Pa. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's cross country team finished tied for sixth Saturday morning in the 17-team field of the 33rd Annual DeSales University Invitational. St. Mary's equaled Centenary (N.J.) College with 243 points for sixth.
The DeSales Invitational featured 13 NCAA Division III programs and two NCAA Division II institutions. DeSales captured the top team honors while Division II Kutztown University, who finished second and is ranked eighth in the Atlantic Region, boasted the top individual finisher in senior Corinne Manela. Manela bested the 175-runner field with a time of 22:24.41 on the 6K course.
First-year Halcyon Ruskin (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) picked up a 33rd-place finish with a time of 25:57.19 to be St. Mary's top finisher. Senior captain Megan Gerdes (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) followed just over two seconds later as Gerdes posted a time of 25:59.34 for a 35th-place finish.
The third Seahawk to cross the finish line was sophomore Lydia Marzot (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle). Marzot claimed a 47th-place finish in 26:33.34 while junior captain Grace Humphries (Lutherville, Md./Mercy) took 79th with a time of 28:07.37.
Senior captain Lilly Gaehde (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) contributed to the team scoring for the second time this season as Gaehde rounded out the scoring with an 88th-place finish in 28:27.36.
The Seahawks will be back in action next Saturday, October 17 when St. Mary's travels to Frederick, Md. for the Hood College Invitational. The St. Mary's women notched top team honors at the Hood Invitational in 2013. The race will be held at Utica Park.
Team Standings: 1. DeSales, 30; 2. Kutztown, 32; 3. TCNJ, 92; 4. Widener, 157; 5. St. Vincent (Pa.), 203; 6. Centenary (N.J.), 243; 6. St. Mary's (Md.), 243; 8. Molloy, 297; 9. Stockton, 305; 10. Arcadia, 306; 10. Wilkes, 306; 12. Gwynedd-Mercy, 317; 13. Lycoming, 321; 14. Delaware Valley, 332; 15. Drew, 337; 16. Rowan at Gloucester, 373; 17. Alfred State, 398.
Seahawk Finishers (175 Finishers): 33. Halcyon Ruskin; 35. Megan Gerdes; 47. Lydia Marzot; 79. Grace Humphries; 88. Lilly Gaehde; 112. Kori Taber, 29:22.78; 133. Tara Vizzi, 30:43.85; 135. Alyssa Leventer, 30:46.43; 141. Marissa McCormick, 31:24.39.
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