Stevens Leads GW Women's Cross Country to Third Place at Mason Invite
Colonials Tally Four Top-20 Finishes
Sept. 29, 2012
LEESBURG, Va. - Senior Heather Stevens finished in 12th place out of 80 runners to lead the George Washington women's cross country team to a third-place finish out of seven competing schools at the George Mason Invitational on Oatlands Plantation on Saturday.
Stevens was the top performer for the Colonials as she clocked in at 23:23.8, nearly a two-minute improvement on her time from last year's event. The senior harrier averaged 6:24 per mile across the 5,870-meter course.
Senior Julia Weir, who finished in ninth place at last year's Mason Invite, was next across the line for the Colonials. Weir finished in 23:25.8, a 28-second improvement from last season, for 14th place overall. She was closely followed by freshman Caroline Wolfe, who took 15th place in 23:29.1.
Senior Juliana Stern took 22nd place after navigating the course in 23:54.6. Sophomore Kathryn Luker (45th, 25:01.7), freshman Katie Bishop (48th, 25:08.8), sophomore Erica Halvorson (58th, 25:50.4) and sophomore Aubrey Gunnels (62nd, 26:02.2) rounded out the Colonials harriers.
Defending Atlantic 10 champion and regionally ranked La Salle won the event. The Explorers averaged 22:10.38 per runner. Host George Mason finished in second, followed by the Colonials, UMBC, Mount St. Mary's, American and St. Bonaventure.
The Colonials will participate in one final meet, the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 13, ahead of the Atlantic 10 Championship (Oct. 27 in Philadelphia).