GU runs well on conference championship course
HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – The Gallaudet University women’s cross country team got a sneak peak Saturday of the course that will be used in October for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships. GU finished fifth out of eight teams in the Penn St.-Abington Invitational at Lorimer Park, has a lot to build off of as the Bison continue to improve.
Gallaudet amassed 96 team points as it finished behind Penn St.-Berks (20 points), Morrisville State (78), Penn St.-Abington (78) and Keuka (79). GU was in front of SUNYIT (151), Penn St.-Harrisburg (174) and Valley Forge Christian (180).
Freshman Jill Schellekens (Vancouver, British Columbia) had an outstanding race as she finished 16th overall with a time of 27 minutes, 42 seconds. She was the first Bison to complete the 5K race. Penn St.-Berks runner Laura Keller won in 22 minutes, 38 seconds.
Junior Shadoe Williamson (Austin, Texas) gutted out a strong performance as she placed 22nd overall (28:16) and was closely followed by sophomore Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) in 23rd place (29:08). Junior Radoslava Slavova (Scranton, Pa.) was the fourth Bison runner to cross the finish line as she clocked in at 29:36 in 26th place. Freshman Nicole Musey (Prince George, British Columbia) was the fifth runner for GU to round out the team scoring as she placed 28th overall (29:53).
The Bison showed their depth as sophomore Whitney James (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Payal Sharmacharya (Olathe, Kan.) finished the race as the sixth and seventh GU runners, respectively. James was 37th overall (32:39) followed by Sharmacharya in 52nd place (38:31).
Gallaudet will not race next weekend but will return on Saturday, Sept. 29, when the Bison travel to Neville, Pa., to participate in the Dickinson Long/Short Course Invitational at Big Spring High School.