NEWVILLE, Pa. – Freshman Payton Capes finished third in the 4k race, and junior Margaret Thomson took fifth in the 6k race to lead Bucknell women’s cross country to a third-place finish out of 17 teams at the Dickinson Invitational, held at Big Spring High School on Saturday.
Bucknell, which rested many of its top runners, ended with 71 points, finishing behind Dickinson (53) and Elizabethtown (63). The Bison were second in the 6k race with 29 points and third in the 4k race with 42 points.
Capes’ third-place showing came in a field of 181 runners as she crossed the line in 14:39. The 4k race was won by Misericordia’s Clare Schoen with a time of 14:23. Also scoring for the Bison were freshman Kelsey Bordash (15th) and Kaitlyn Ryan (24th).
Thomson finished the 6k race in 22:30, taking fifth out of 190 runners. Dickinson’s Sofia Canning won the race in 22:12, while her teammate Sarah House was the runner-up in 22:16.
Junior Christine O’Kane placed 10th for the Bison and was followed by senior Emma Cousins in 15th as the team’s scored runners. Senior Lindsay Schafer and junior Lauren Hazzard cracked the top 20, taking 18th and 19th, respectively.
“We needed this race to work on our depth,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “I thought Thomson looked great in her first race of the season, and O’Kane was solid. Capes made a nice rebound from a rough race last week for a solid 4k. Our depth should be better for our next race at Penn State in two weeks.”
Some Bison runners will next run at the Penn State National Open on Friday, Oct. 13, while others will compete at Lafayette’s Leopard Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 14.