PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior captain Lindsey Oremus took home a 32nd-place finish in a field of 222 runners to lead the Saint Joseph's women's cross country squad to a 12th-place team finish in a field of 22 teams at the 2018 Princeton Invitational, held at Princeton University's West Windsor Fields early Friday evening. The Hawks totaled 356 points for the meet, which ran just over 6k for the entire course.

The race was one final opportunity to prepare for the upcoming 2018 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, set for October 27.

Oremus went 5:36.6 for her first mile and averaged a 5:59.4 mile for the entirety of the race to cross in 22:19.9. The veteran standout strongly held off Temple's Helene Gottlieb Holm and Columbia's Maria Kogan down the homestretch for the 32nd-place finish.

"I finally got back to where I wanted to be all season," beamed Oremus following the race. "I had a rough start to the season, so it was really good to get out there. I was more reserved, and that helped me go through the race at a continuous pace instead of falling off like I tend to do sometimes. I felt really good. I'm really happy with my race."

Senior captain Elaine Estes crossed next for the Crimson and Gray in 22:52.8, her fastest time on the West Windsor Fields course in three opportunities, for 63rd, while senior captain Lucy Harmon (95th, 23:21.0), junior Emily Bracken (96th, 23:22.7), and junior Emily Schaeffer (99th, 23:23.9) rounded out the Hawks' scoring unit.

The race marked Harmon's debut on the West Windsor Fields course while Schaeffer was off from her 6k PR, set just two weekends ago at the Paul Short Run, by less than a second. 

Freshman standout Gabriella Bamford finished as SJU's #6 runner in 23:32.3 (114th) while senior Sara Rankin (143rd, 23:54.8) and freshman Emily Dunn (144th, 23:57.0) went #7 and #8, respectively.

Select Hawks will race the Lafayette Invitational tomorrow morning at Lafayette College's Metzgar Fields in Easton, Pa., beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Saint Joseph's begins championship season at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, set for Saturday, October 27 at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Va. The women's 5k is set to begin at 10:00 a.m.

"Our team mentality heading into the conference meet is really good," added Oremus. "Everybody's really happy and pumped for it . . . We look really good. We're going to rock this thing this year."

For a complete meet preview and the release of SJU's A-10 Championship roster, stay tuned to SJUHawks.com.

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