BETHELHEM, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s cross country team finished second among Division I schools in the Brown race of Lehigh’s Paul Short Run on Saturday. The Bison, the eighth ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic region, finished with 195 points. Princeton, the fourth ranked squad in the Mid-Atlantic region, won the title with 44.
The Bison women had to deal with rainy conditions in the 6k race, while finishing ahead of Patriot League schools Navy (628), Lafayette (642) and Colgate (760).
Colleen Buckley was Bucknell’s top scorer, finishing 18th in a field of 373 runners with a time of 21:35. Buckley was the Patriot League’s top runner in the race by 11 spots in the standings.
Including Buckley, four of Bucknell’s scorers finished in the top 50. Anna Chiodo-Oritz finished 29th in 21:55, while Margaret Thomson placed 41st in 22:05 and Lauren Hazzard took 48th in 22:14. Brennan Sharkey finished 59th in 22:21.
After missing the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, Kate Scott returned to action to compete in the Open race. Scott finished 6th in a field of 403 participants, as the senior was the top Division I runner in the field with a time of 20:52.
"Fantastic race for our women," said head coach Kevin Donner. "We rested our top eight from UVA and really flexed our depth. Colleen and Anna ran really nice to help us win a trophy. It was also great to see Kate running a solid race in the open race after taking some time off a couple weeks ago."
Bucknell returns to action Oct. 14 to compete at the Penn State Open.