LANCASTER, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's cross country team competed against nine teams in the Charger Invitational hosted by Lancaster Bible College on Saturday morning. The Bison went home with a 6th place finish, accumulating a total of 140 team points.
The hosts, Lancaster Bible College, finished with 63 total team points which was good enough for a first-place finish. Penn St.-Abington placed second with 72 points and SUNY Poly placed third with 76 points.
Sophomore runner Raylene Wade of Morrisville State was the first runner to cross the finish line of the 6K course with a time of 25 minutes, 38 seconds out of 63 runners.
Gallaudet senior Kristi Luna (Austin, Texas), who was the first Bison to cross the finish line on Sept. 22, improved her time by 44 seconds, finishing in 18th place with a time of 29:12. Luna was followed by freshman Fatuma Ali (Tucson, Ariz.) who placed in 24th place with a time of 30:10 and freshman Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.) who placed 26th (30:38). Junior LaQuita Carroll (Spanish Fort, Ala.) was the fourth Bison to finish the race with a time of 31:54 in 34th place while fellow junior Ivy Sahneyah (First Mesa, Ariz.) was the fifth Bison to cross the finish line with a time of 34:51 and 45th place.
- This is the first time a member of the GU women's cross country team has finished in the top 20 overall in the 2016 season
- This is currently the Bison's best team finish of the 2016 regular season
- Sophomore Lourdes Valenzuela (Sonora, Mexico) placed 52nd overall with a final time of 36:37
- Freshman Yudan Liu (Chengdu, China) was 61st (45:09)
- The next time the Bison return to Lancaster on Saturday, Oct. 29, they will be competing in the 2016 North Eastern Athletic Conference championship.
The Bison will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 8, to race in the Jack St. Clair Memorial Championship at noon.