HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's cross country team finished first at the 2009 Quinnipiac University Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats posted a meet-best 19 points with freshman Becca White (Natick, Mass.) finishing the race first overall. White crossed the line in 17:58, the only runner to break the 18-minute mark during the day. The Bobcats had five runners in the top 10 on the 5K Quinnipiac Cross Country Course.
"The women looked great and were really confident today," said Head Coach Carolyn Martin. "The women ran strong and as a team. Becca (White) is a great runner and I expected her to be at the front with the leaders and I could not be happier with the results."
Sophomore Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) finished second in 18:06, three seconds ahead of the third-place finisher from Sacred Heart Kimberly DeLoreto. Junior Kristen Stevens (Succasunna, N.J.) crossed the line in fourth with a time of 18:29. Senior Lindsey Pierret (Morristown, N.J.) was the fourth member of the team to finish as she posted a time of 18:40, good for fifth overall. Sophomore Kelly Sorrell's (Lebanon, Conn.) seventh-place overall finish rounded out the Quinnipiac scoring as the fifth member of the team to cross the finish line, posting a time of 18:48.
Sacred Heart scored 59 team points, good for second, while Monmouth's 106 placed the Hawks third. Yale, Central Connecticut, Mount St. Mary's and Bryant finished in the fourth through seventh positions. Long Island, Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Wagner rounded out the 11 teams running on Saturday.
"I am really excited because I didn't know what to expect," White said following her first-place performance. "I just wanted to stay with everyone today. The team ran really well and I'm happy that we finished as the top team."
The Quinnipiac Cross Country Course will serve as the site of the 2009 Northeast Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31. Only two teams from the NEC did not participate on Saturday as Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.) did not make the trip to Hamden.
The Bobcats return to action in two weeks as they travel to Lehigh, Pa., to run in the Paul Short Invitational. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m.