Ryck Places First as GW Women's Cross Country Takes Second at Catholic Invite
Colonials Place Three Harriers in Top 10
Sep 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - Graduate student Angela Ryck finished in first place overall out of 53 runners to lead the George Washington women's cross country team to a second-place finish at the Catholic Invitational on Saturday morning on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northeast Washington.
The Colonials totaled 42 points to clinch second place in the event. American won the meet with 31 points followed by Moravian (3rd, 83 points), Goucher (4th, 114), Juniata (5th, 129) and Catholic (6th, 141).
The win marked the first in the collegiate career for Ryck, who transferred to GW following a four-year career at Notre Dame. The Fairport, N.Y., native finished the 6,000-meter course in 23:06.00, roughly six seconds ahead of the field.
Her first-place finish also stands as the first time a GW women's harrier has won a race since Megan Hogan '11 won her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship in October 2010.
Sophomore Katie Luker was next across the finish line for GW, finishing in 24:35.30 for 13th place. Freshman Kirsten Zeller (17th, 25:01.50), sophomores Caroline Wolfe (20th, 25:30.40) and Katie Bishop (22nd, 25:34.00) along with juniors Erica Halvorson (23rd, 25:34.60) and Aubrey Gunnells (36th, 27:28.20) rounded out the field for the Colonials.
GW will run in their second consecutive local meet next Saturday at Navy's Salty Dog Invitational in Annapolis, Md.