NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – After a three-week span between competitions, the Sacred Heart women's cross country team was back in action on Saturday, placing fourth out of 19 teams at the Ted Owen Invitational held at Stanley Quarter Park. Lehigh claimed the team victory with 28 points, 42 more than the runner-up and host CCSU Blue Devils (70 points). The Pioneers finished the day with 120 team points and seven runners within the Top 40 finishers.
The senior duo of Jacqueline Thorne and Olivia Weiss led the way once again for the Pioneers, marking the third straight time to open the 2019 season wherein the pairing have finished first and second on the team. This meet also served as a preview for the 2019 Northeast Conference Championship meet, which will be held at Stanley Quarter Park in early November.
- Thorne was the top finisher on the day for SHU for the third straight meet in 2019, as the senior placed 13th overall with a time of 18:51.2
- Weiss ran side-by-side with Thorne throughout as the classmate crossed the line in 18:53.8, just 2.6 seconds behind Thorne, in 15th place overall
- This marks the second straight season in which Thorne and Weiss led the Pioneers at the Ted Owen Invitational
- The large pack of Pioneers followed in starting with junior Kelly Arsenault who placed 31st overall with a time of 19:35.2
- In all, Arsenault led a group of seven Pioneers that placed between the 31st spot and 46th overall while just over 22 seconds separated the pack
- Sophomore Gaelyn Kattman was less than two seconds behind Arsenault as she crossed the line in 19:37.1 which was good enough for 33rd place
- First-year Kathleen Delaney rounded out the scoring for the Pioneers with a 34th place finish and time of 19:41.8
- Senior Bianca De Lucia (39th, 19:46.7), junior Gabrielle Vega (44th, 19:54.2) and junior Bonnie Wilder (46th, 19:57.5) all finished with solid efforts on the day
The schedule ramps up with the next competition in two weeks as the Pioneers head to Franklin Park for the annual New England Championships held in Boston on Saturday, October 12.