KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University women’s cross country team is riding a ton of momentum heading into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships this Saturday, Oct. 21, at California University (PA) at 10 a.m.
The Golden Bears won two of their four meets this season, and are coming off their latest first-place victory at the Bulldog Invitational on Oct. 7.
Five runners finished in the top-13 of the field, and seven placed within the top-22 overall out of 224 participants.
Junior Stephanie Bresadola (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) led the way for KU for the fourth time this season, crossing the finish line in fourth with a time of 22:52.3 in helping KU to a first-place finish out of 26 teams that competed.
Once again, junior classmate Alexis Dongvort (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) followed closely behind Bresadola. Dongvort ended in seventh-place at 23:15.5.
Amanda Ferraro (Howell, N.J./Howell) placed in the top-10 at a time of 23:43.4.
Erin Callaghan (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) and Sarah Shannon (Clifton, N.J./Passaic County Technical) finished in 12th and 13th, respectively. Callaghan had an ending time of 23:56.7 and Shannon crossed the line at 23:59.6.
Freshmen Dootleen Joseph (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) and Katie Duguid (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) rounded out the KU scoring lineup. Joseph placed 21st with a time of 24:40.8 and Duguid was right behind her in 22nd at 24:41.4.
At last year’s Championships, Kutztown finished sixth out of 17 teams. The team will be looking for its first top-five finish at the PSAC Championships since 2012.
Bresadola and sophomore Lindsay Hoffman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) each earned All-PSAC recognition for their strong performances on the 6k course. Bresadola earned All-PSAC First Team honors after placing 11th overall in a time of 23:09.2, while Hoffman garnered Second Team recognition with her 29th-place showing in 23:53.4.
Head coach Ray Hoffman will use the full 12-player lineup this weekend. It will consist of Bresadola, Callaghan, Ferraro, Dongvort, Shannon, Duguid, Joseph, Julia Wiemken (Howell, N.J./Howell), Julie Stratton (Stratford, N.J./Sterling), Shannon McChesney (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area), Leah Talley (Chadds Ford, Pa./Unionville) and Lindsay Smyth (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove).
“It’s been an exciting year for them so far,” Hoffman said. “It’s where I hoped we would be after a good summer of training. The girls got together last spring before they left for summer vacation and talked about their goals. It seems that everyone came back fit and ready to go this year. I haven’t seen a women’s team this successful since probably the 2010 season. They’re on the verge of doing something special at the conference and regional meets.”
Shippensburg University won the PSAC Championship with three runners finishing inside the top-seven and five in the top-20. Bloomsburg University was second with three competitors finishing in the top-10, while East Stroudsburg University placed third.
KU remained fourth in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Poll, released last week. The next poll is set to be released next Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Following the PSAC Championships, KU will prepare to compete in the NCAA Atlantic Regionals at Lock Haven University on Saturday, Nov. 4.