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Gallant paces Saints to third place at Hornet Harrier

Gallant paces Saints to third place at Hornet Harrier

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Marymount (Va.) University cross country teams got back on the gravel on Saturday morning, traveling to Kernstown Battlefield for the 2016 Hornet Harrier, hosted by Shenandoah University. 

A strong performance by sophomore Denise Gallant paced the Saints in the women's race, helping the squad to a third-place finish out of the eight teams in attendance. Gallant cracked the top 10 with a time of 21:29.4, crossing the finish line in ninth place. 

Junior Brooke Saunders wasn't too far behind Gallant, coming across in 13th in a time of 21:46.6, while sophomore Gina Reyes crossed less than a minute later in 22nd, clocking a time of 22:39.6. 

Rounding out the scoring group were a pair of freshmen, Sophia Murray and Kaitlyn Reed. Murray posted a time of 23:17.1 for 30th, and Reed came through three spots behind Murray for 33rd in a time of 23:31.3. 

Steps behind Reed was senior Katie Maloney, finishing 35th in 23:43.5. Senior Morgan Parkin (26:01) and freshman Monica Martinez (27:52) closed out the Saint runners for the day for 61st and 73rd, respectively. 

The men's race dropped down to a 6k for the event, seeing junior Joel Juarez steadily move up throughout the race, eventually finishing in 21:10 for 14th place. 

The Saints will return back to Winter Place Park in Salisbury, Maryland on Saturday, October 1 for their next race, running in the Don Cathcart Invitational. Hosted by Salisbury University, the first race is set to begin at 9:45 a.m.