BOSTON, Mass. – The Bucknell women’s cross country team held its own against four of the top 25 teams in the country Friday afternoon, claiming a 10th-place finish in the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown, hosted by Boston College in Franklin Park. Runners from No. 1 Providence claimed the top two spots in the 5K race, as the Friars compiled 50 points to take the team title. No. 3 Oregon (85 points) and No. 9 Cornell (101 points) rounded out the top three, while the Bison’s 307 points helped them outrun squads from UMass Amherst, Northeastern, Hartford and Rhode Island.
"Strategically we did not run a good race," said head coach Kevin Donner. "We got off to a very slow start at the gun and were pinched to the back of the pack. Our ladies did a nice job trying to work their way through the pack and expended a lot of energy in the first mile but ran a slower second mile. They did a nice job working through the third mile, and most had a fast finish. We will work on some tactics and be ready for Paul Short."
Providence’s Emily Sisson won the talent-packed race with a time of 16:51, while junior Kylie Pearse turned in Bucknell’s top performance, crossing the line in a time of 18:29 to finish 59th out of 146 competitors.
Classmate Montana DiPietrantonio was just a few steps behind, claiming the 61st spot in 18:31. Freshmen Catherine Scott and Sarah Chandler turned in identical times of 18:55, and junior Zoe Gaston (18:57) rounded out the scoring for the Bison.
Another group of Bison will compete on Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Husky Invitational at Bloomsburg University, and then the team will train for a week before heading to Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 5 to compete in Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational.