BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Five members of the Philadelphia University women's cross country team recorded a career best time at the 6-kilometer distance as the Rams came in fourth place in the 2016 Paul Short Run White Race Saturday afternoon at Lehigh University.
Led by top-20 finishes from Stephanie Watson (Newport, Vt./North Country Union) and Meghan Horan (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley), Philadelphia had a team score of 192 points in the 32-team field. The fourth-place finish is Philadelphia's best finish in the White Race since the Rams came in third in 2009.
Kutztown was the team title with 138 points. Trinity came in second with 148 points, while Gettysburg had 172 points to take third.
Watson was Philadelphia's fastest runner for the fourth straight race as she recorded her career-best time of 22 minutes, 50 seconds to come in 13th overall. Horan's time of 23:10, a career low, propelled her to a 17th-place finish.
Victoria Frisbie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) completed the race in 23:45 to finish in the 47th position. Maddie Conway (Glen Mills, Pa./Penncrest) took 53rd place with a time of 23:54 and Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) was 62nd with a 24:00. Both runners posted their career-best 6K time.
Erin Raup (Danville, Pa./Danville) crossed the finish line in a time of 24:21, a career best, to finish 78. Kaitlyn Beckham (Gettysburg, Pa./Fairfield Area) completed Philadelphia's lineup with the 89th-place time of 24:37.
Muhlenberg's Jamie Pacillo came in first in the 271-runner event with a time of 21:44.
Philadelphia returns to Belmont Plateau, its home course, to compete in the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12:15 p.m.