St. Leonard, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's cross country team took eighth overall at the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday morning. This year's championship race was hosted by St. Mary's at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard.
The weather was seamless which made for a good race as 10 Capital Athletic Conference teams competed for the 2015 CAC title. The Seahawks challenged 85 other competitors for the top individual honor.
Senior captain Megan Gerdes (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) took the lead for the Seahawks, finishing in 38th place (34th in scoring) with a time of 24:50.3. Gerdes was followed by sophomore Lydia Marzot (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) who grabbed the 41st spot (36 in scoring) with a time of 25:01.1.
First-year Halcyon Ruskin (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) came in with a time of 25:14.0 for 47th place (39 in scoring). Gerdes, Marzot, and Ruskin all improved their times since they last saw the course during the Seahawks Invitational back on September 19.
Helping round out the scoring for St. Mary's were junior captain Grace Humphries (Lutherville, Md./Mercy) in 71st place (52 in scoring) in 27:43.0 and senior captain Lilly Gaehde (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) in 74th (54 in scoring) in 28:16.3.
Christopher Newport University received the top team honor at the CAC Championships for the second straight year, scoring 25 points. CNU finished with seven runners in the Top 20 with five of those runners in the Top 10. York College of Pennsylvania claimed second with a score of 48 and the University of Mary Washington clutched the third-place spot with 89 points.
York junior Alicia Dillman earned the title of CAC champion as Dillman finished the 6K course in 22:42.5 for the individual title, besting the second-place runner by 20.8 seconds.
The Seahawks will be back in action on Saturday, November 14 as they travel to Newville, Pa. to compete in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional race hosted at Big Spring High School.
Team Standings: 1. Christopher Newport, 25; 2. York (Pa.), 48; 3. Mary Washington, 89; 4. Salisbury, 123; 5. Marymount (Va.), 127; 6. Southern Virginia, 153; 7. Wesley, 205; 8. St. Mary's (Md.), 215; 9. Frostburg State, 258.
Seahawk Finishers (93 Finishers): 38. Megan Gerdes; 41. Lydia Marzot; 47. Halcyon Ruskin; 71. Grace Humphries; 74. Lilly Gaehde; 77. Kori Taber, 28:48.7; 80. Tara Vizzi, 29:30.2; 81. Alyssa Leventer, 29:37.4; 86. Marisa McCormick, 30:56.4.
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