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Cross country competes at CAC Championship; Women take fifth

Cross country competes at CAC Championship; Women take fifth

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Marymount (Va.) University cross country teams traveled up to the sweetest place on Earth on Saturday morning for the Capital Athletic Conference Championship, hosted by Penn State University-Harrisburg. 

The hilly course saw great strides by the lone men's runner for the Saints, junior Joel Juarez, completing the 8,000-meter course in 27:50 for a 31st-place finish out of the 126 total competitors. 

The women's team ran a solid team race, good enough for a fifth-place finish of the nine teams that registered enough runners to score a team score. Sophomore Denise Gallant once again paced the Saints, crossing the finish line of the 6,000-meter course in 25:29 for 25th place. 

Junior Brooke Saunders and freshman Sophia Murray finished back-to-back in 42nd and 43rd, with time of 26:27 and 26:29, in that order. Freshman Kaitlyn Reed came in next for the team, racing to a 27:09 time for 52nd overall. Senior Katie Maloney rounded out the scoring for the day, completing the event in 28:49 for 75th. Sophomore Elaina Rahaman, on her birthday, registered a time of 29:28 for 81st, while senior Morgan Parkin and freshman Monica Martinez rounded out the team in 88th and 94th, respectively. 

In two weeks, the cross country teams will be racing to extend their season, toeing the line for the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. The top-two teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship in Louisville the following weekend.