LANCASTER, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's cross country team finished 10th overall with 214 team points on a cold, wet Saturday at the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) cross country championships hosted by Lancaster Bible College (LBC).
SUNY Poly won its first conference championship as they had three runners in the top 12 spots en route to 60 team points. Cazenovia College (85 team points) finished second place followed by Keuka College (100), Penn College (117) and SUNY Cobleskill (137) to round out the top five. Defending champion Penn St.-Berks finished right in front of Gallaudet in ninth with 197 points.
SUNY Poly Lauren Phetteplace won the 6K race with a time of 24 minutes and 10.6 seconds.
Freshman Sierra Pratt (Katy, Texas) was the first Bison to finish as she crossed the finish line in 28 minutes and 19.3 seconds to place 26th overall. Pratt narrowly missed the cut-off for all-conference honors, the top 21 spots. Sophomore Taylor Nguyen (Ballwin, Mo.) was the next GU runner to finish in 35th place (29:19.3), followed by junior Fatuma Ali (Tucson, Ariz.) in 51st (30:47.4). Freshman Maria Guzman Mejia (Bronx, N.Y.) was the fifth Bison to cross the finish line in 54th place (31:12.9) to complete the GU team score.
This marked the final event for the 2018 season for the Bison. Gallaudet had three seniors; Greyses Encarnacion (Tampa, Fla.), Faye Frez-Albrecht (West Hartford, Conn.), and Maydee Vande Hey (Delavan, Wis.).
- Junior Jessalyn Wortham (Chandler, Ariz.) landed in 69th place (35:42.4)
- Freshman Chrissy Sze (New York, N.Y.) followed in 71st (36:19.4)
- Freshmen Hannah Wetzel (Fremont, Calif.) and Frez-Albrecht finished in 78th and 79th place, respectively, with times 41:05.5 and 41:19.1
- There were 84 runners and 12 schools in the championship field
This concludes the 2018 season for the Gallaudet cross country program.