DiBiasio Wins Salty Dog Invite to Lead GW Women's Cross Country
Junior Dominates Field to Win Event for Second Straight Season
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - George Washington women's cross country junior Miranda DiBiasio won the 6,000-meter Salty Dog Invitational for the second year in a row to lead the Colonials to a fourth-place team finish out of six teams on Saturday morning at the United States Naval Academy Golf Course.
The win marks the second of her career for the Berea, Ohio, native and her second consecutive top-two finish to open the 2016 season. DiBiasio ran the course in 22:42.04, a full 11 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. The time also marked a nine-second improvement on her time from the same event last season.
GW totaled 70 points to finish in fourth place ahead of Loyola (Md.) (134 points) and Bowie State (190). Maryland won the event with 43 points, followed by Navy (48) and UMBC (69).
Freshman Gabriella Vlattas followed up her impressive debut from a last week with a 12th-place finish on Saturday morning. In her first collegiate race at the 6K distance, she finished in 23:59.08 and was the first freshman student-athlete across the finish line in the field of 74 competitors.
Freshman Suzanne Dannheim was next across the line for the Colonials, finishing with a time of 24:23.77 for 17th place. She was followed closely by sophomores Brigid Prial (19th, 24:27.67) and Kelli Stetson (22nd, 24:31.44). Prial's time was a new personal best at the 6K distance, improving on her previous mark by 19 seconds.
Freshman Rachel Gallivan (26th, 24:33.45), sophomore Lauren Anderson (40th, 25:34.42) and sophomore Lesley Fatica (56th, 27:28.47) rounded out GW's scoring runners.
GW will split the squad next weekend for a pair of meets at either the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, or the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia.
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