BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s cross country team raced its way to a strong 11th place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Friday afternoon. Junior Montana DiPietrantonio led the way for the Bison, finishing 64th overall.

"Our women have had a hard time getting out fast enough all season," said head coach Kevin Donner. "This meet was no different, although they did a nice job moving through the field for a respectable 11th place finish. We have everyone back for next year, so the future looks exciting."

DiPietrantonio finished the race with a time of 21:36 and claimed the 64th spot as the Bison’s top finisher, while sophomore Deanna Godby crossed the line just seconds later at 21:41 to take the 67th spot. Freshman Sarah Chandler (21:52) and junior Zoe Gaston (21:53) finished almost simultaneously to take 77th and 79th, respectively, while freshman Catherine Scott (92nd – 22:02), junior Alison Lockwood (94th – 22:05) and junior Katie Jessee (118th – 22:35) rounded out the scoring for Bucknell.

Villanova won the women’s 6K race, held on Lehigh’s Goodman Campus Cross Country Course, with 31 points, as seniors Emily Lipari and Nicky Akande both crossed the line at 19:53 to claim a one-two finish for the Wildcats. Georgetown finished second with 35 points, while Penn State (92 points), West Virginia (124 points) and Princeton (135 points) rounded out the top-five.

Bucknell, which concluded its 2013 campaign with today’s competition, took the 11th spot with 379 points, just behind Patriot League foes Lehigh (9th – 277 points) and Navy (10th – 369 points).