GW Women's Cross Country Finishes 13th at Paul Short Invite
Seven Harriers Set 6K PRs to Lead Colonials to Best-Ever Finish at Event
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The regionally ranked George Washington women's cross country team had seven harriers record personal records en route to a 13th-place finish out of 35 competing teams at the 6,000-meter Paul Short Invitational on Friday morning.
GW, which entered the meet ranked No. 11 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic regional poll, finished ahead of a pair of higher-ranked teams in the region in Rutgers and Rider. Additionally, the Colonials were the top-finishing Atlantic 10 team in the field.
Junior Macaulay Porter was GW's top finisher in the event, securing a 53rd-place finish out of 312 competitors. Her time of 21:31 is a new personal record, shattering her previous best 6K time from the 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional by 42 seconds.
Junior Ariana North was next across the finish line for the Colonials, taking 67th place in 21:44. North's time was also a new personal record, shaving 1:42 off of her previous best.
Sophomore Lauren t'Kint de Roodenbeke notched a new personal best, finishing in 21:51 for 79th place, a two-minute improvement on her previous record.
Freshman Madison Yerke followed in 88th place with a time of 21:57, an improvement of 1:49 on her 6K time from earlier this season.
Sophomore Miranda DiBiasio also contributed a new personal best by finishing the course in 22:06 for 107th place. Her time was 24 seconds better than her top 6K time from last year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Freshman Rachel Hughen (167th, 22:42) and senior Caroline Wolfe (205th, 23:10) rounded out GW's scoring runners. Hughen improved on her previous 6K time by 1:19.
Freshman Kelli Stetson also tallied a new personal record by finishing in 23:12, an improvement of 1:02 on her 6K time from Sept. 12.
GW will be idle next weekend before returning to action at the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 17 in Princeton, New Jersey.
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