PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's cross country team placed its five scoring runners in the first 13 places to win the Eighth Annual Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship Saturday afternoon at Belmont Plateau.
The Rams—who last won the event in 2013—turned in a strong performance to post the winning score of 42 points. St. Thomas Aquinas was the runner up with 70 points, while Georgian Court's 95 points was good for third.
Emilie Barton (Sterling, Ill./Newman Central Catholic) led the Philadelphia effort for the fifth time this season as she posted a 6-kilometer time of 24 minutes, 53.7 seconds to place seventh overall, fifth among runners that factored into the team scoring.
Alyssa Litty (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) was close behind Barton, finishing the race with an eighth-place time of 25:01.1. Victoria Frisbie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) earned the final spot in the overall top-ten—eighth in scoring positions—with a time of 25:07.6.
Juliana Coculo (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert East) had the 12th-place time of 25:21.7. The Rams' final scoring position went to Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley), who posted a time of 25:27.9 to take 15th, 13th for points.
Erin Raup (Danville, Pa./Danville) was Saturday's 29th-place finisher after crossing the line in 26:16.6, while Stephanie Watson (Newport, Vt./North Country Union) wasn't far off of Raup in 31st with a 26:19.4.
Maddie Conway (Glen Mills, Pa./Penncrest) raced her way to the 47th position with a time of 26:57.8. Maria Santangelo (Abington, Pa./AIM Academy) posted a time of 27:20.9 to finish 53rd. Naomi Scharf (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) stopped the clock in 27:24.9 to take 55th.
The overall race winner was Erin Donahue, who posted the winning time of 21:31.8 to best the field of 136 runners. St. Thomas Aquinas' Kristen Borriello was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line with a time of 24:25.6.
Philadelphia's next event is the Haverford College Invitational on Friday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Haverford College.