NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Philadelphia University's cross country runners Stephanie Watson (Newport, Vt./North Country Union) and Meghan Horan (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley) were recognized by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Monday for career-best performances at the Paul Short Run. Watson was selected as the CACC runner of the week, while Horan was tabbed as the CACC rookie of the week.
In the Paul Short Run White Race at Lehigh University, Watson recorded a personal-best 6-kilometer time of 22 minutes, 50 seconds as she crossed the finish line in ninth out of 303 runners. She was the first out of the 46 runners from a CACC school to complete the race.
Watson has been the Rams' top finisher in all four races in which she has competed this season. She has a career-best third place finish at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship (Sept. 10) and a seventh-place finish at The Osprey Open (Sept. 24).
Horan ran a career-best 6K time of 23:09.6—1:17.4 faster than her previous best—at the Paul Short Run to take 17th place overall. She was the first freshman finisher out of 17 that came from the CACC, third of 92 overall.
At the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship, Horan posted a career-best finish of fifth.
Philadelphia's next race is the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship at Belmont Plateau on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12:15 p.m.