Taylor's Top 10 Finish Leads St. Mary's Women's Cross Country at Sea Gull Opener

Kara Taylor '21 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Kara Taylor '21 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

Salisbury, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's cross country team began the 2018 campaign under first-year head coach Michael Gentile by placing fourth Saturday morning at the Sea Gull Opener hosted by Salisbury University.

The Basics

  • Place – 4th of 4/103 points
  • Location – Winter Park Place – Salisbury, Md.

St. Mary's Top 5 Finishers

  • Sophomore Kara Taylor (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was the first Seahawk to cross the finish line, coming in ninth place with a personal record of 24:00.90. Both Taylor's placement and time are the best ever by a female Seahawk at the Sea Gull Opener.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Stevenson (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) finished second out of the St. Mary's runners, placing 22nd in 25:28.29.
  • Senior captain Marisa McCormick (Prince Frederick, Md./Calvert) came in 33rd place in a field of 52 runners with a time of 27:10.93.
  • Sophomore Melody Raynaud (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) took 36th place and was the fourth Seahawk to finish with a time of 28:43.20. This is the second time in her career that Raynaud has scored for St. Mary's.
  • First-year Amy Forsbacka (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) rounded out the Top 5 finishers for St. Mary's, finishing 37th in 28:46.98.

Other Race Highlights

  • Rowan University's Hannah Vendetta paced the Profs by coming in first overall with a time of 23:28.23.
  • Host Salisbury, who ranks 10th in the Mideast region, won the overall meet with 26 points as all five scorers for the Sea Gulls finished in the Top 10.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • The Seahawks are back on the road as they travel to McDaniel College next Friday, September 7, for the Green Terror Challenge at 4:00 p.m.

Team Standings (4 Teams): 1. Salisbury (26); 2. Rowan (31); 3. Shenandoah (88); 4. St. Mary's (103)

Seahawk Finishers (52 runners): 9. Kara Taylor; 22. Lindsey Stevenson; 33. Marisa McCormick; 36. Melody Raynaud; 37. Amy Forsbacka; 38. Lindsey Power (29:10.16); 39. Emily Lane (29:11.65); 41. Caitlyn Sarudy (29:30.75); 42. Isobel Hermans (29:82.34); 44. Alyssa Leventer (29:45.83); 45. Marie Lewis (29:58.43); 50. Kori Taber (33:43.97); 52. Tara Vizzi (35:52.79) 

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