STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Graduate student Elaine Estes led the Hawks for the fifth time this season as the Saint Joseph's women's cross country squad placed 14th in a field of 16 teams at the Penn State National Invitational, held at PSU's Blue/White Golf Course on Friday morning. The Hawks accumulated 359 points in the 6k race in a high-level field.
"The top teams in this field are legitimate, so there were no surprises there," said head-coach Melody O'Reilly following the race. "The course was a bit more challenging than Lehigh's course, but overall, we turned in a solid performance today. After Elaine [Estes] and Morgan [Camerlo], our order keeps changing, so by the time we hit A-10s, we need to tighten up and have that order back as it should be."
Estes cruised to a time of 21:29.2, the second-fastest 6k performance of her collegiate career, to finish 28th in the 159-runner field.
Senior Morgan Camerlo (64th, 22:12.0), senior Emily Schaeffer (92nd, 22:38.4), junior Abigail Silva (106th, 22:49.8) and senior captains Meridith Twomey (120th, 23:11.8) and Emily Bracken (132nd, 23:23.9) rounded out the scoring while senior Samantha Mayers (134th, 23:26.3) and freshman Olivia Wojtowicz (137th, 23:33.4) finished as SJU's #6 and #7 runners.
Additional Hawks will also race the Lafayette Leopard Invitational tomorrow morning while select Hawks will then be named for the 2019 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, set for Saturday, November 2 at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va. A complete race preview will be announced in the upcoming weeks.