AMHERST, Mass. – Racing against some of the top competition in the Northeast, the Sacred Heart women's cross country team placed fourth out of five teams on Saturday at the UMass Invitational. Regional power Boston College claimed first place in the team standings as five Eagles placed Top 5 overall, UConn followed in second while the host UMass placed third and WPI rounded out the field in fifth place.
- SHU's top-two competitors once again were the senior duo of Jacqueline Thorne and Olivia Weiss
- Thorne clocked in at 18:40.2 in the five-kilometer meet to earn her 17th place out of 76 competitors while she finished first on the team for the second straight meet to start the 2019 season
- Weiss formed a solid tandem with Thorne as she was just six seconds behind Thorne with a time of 18:46.8 to earn her 21st place overall, second-best on the team
- Weiss' time was just six seconds off her career-best on a 5k course
- First-year Kathleen Delaney showed well in her second career outing, placing third on the team and Top 10 fastest on the day among first-years with a time of 19:25.7
- Delaney's efforts earned her 33rd place in the overall standings
- Rounding out the field for SHU was a pack that included sophomore Gaelyn Kattman (37th place overall, 19:35.1), senior Bianca De Lucia (38th, 19:35.6), junior Brigit Kelly (40th, 19:39.5), junior Gabrielle Vega (41st, 19:39.7) and first-year Madison Roth (43rd, 19:50.1)
- For both Kelly and Vega, their respective time was each the fastest of their careers on a 5k course
The Pioneers enjoy a two-week hiatus before returning to competition at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday, September 28. The annual meet is held at the Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Connecticut, the course that is serving as the host site for the 2019 NEC Championships.