October 6, 2010

Women's Cross Country Report (Week 5) - Anderson Claims Earlham Invitational Title

GREENWOOD, IN - The Anderson women's cross country team won the four-team Earlham Invitational on Saturday in Richmond.  The Ravens held off host Earlham, IU-East, and Oakland City in the team standings.

Junior Candace DeLong (Anderson, Ind./Frankton) won the meet with a top time of 20:08, holding off the second place finisher by 14 seconds.  Other top 10 finishers for the Ravens were Casey Gillespie (Heltonville, Ind./Bedford North Lawrence) (7th, 22:08), Laura Sussman (Phoenix, Ari./Desert Vista) (8th, 22:10) and Keri Phillips (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) (10th, 22:20).

Earlham was paced by freshman Maddie Fega (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional).  Fega led the second place Quakers with a time of 20:58 to finish fourth individually.

Franklin, Hanover, and Transylvania ran at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic Saturday.  The Grizzlies took part in the "blue" race, while Hanover and Transylvania ran in the "silver" race.

FC's Heather Waterman (Shelbyville, Ind./Morristown) set a new school record for a 5K meet, finishing second among 287 runners at the meet.  The senior finished the 5K course in a time of 18:07.77 to break the school record by 10 seconds.  Franklin placed 29th among the 34 competing schools in the "blue" race.

Hanover and Transylvania placed sixth and 10th respectively among 28 schools in the "silver" race.  Hanover's Shawna McLetchie (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) finished 18th overall with a time of 20:01.26 to lead the Panthers.  Sophomore Barbara MacNeill (Sudsbury, Mass./Lincoln Sudsbury Regional) led Transy with a 36th place finish (20:54.22).

Bluffton, Defiance, and Mount St. Joseph competed at the All-Ohio Championships Friday. Defiance led the HCAC contingent with a 34th place finish, while Bluffton and Mount St. Joseph placed 38th and 39th among the 39 schools.

Manchester College also ran over the weekend, placing fifth among 15 schools at the Lansing Invitational.  Senior Jessica Bremer (Howe, Ind./Prairie Heights) led the Spartans with a time of 19:00 to finish 18th overall.

The upcoming weekend is light as only Rose-Hulman will hit the course.  The Engineers will host the Rose-Hulman Invitational Saturday afternoon.