LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Kutztown University women’s cross country team finished its 2017 season on a high note, placing in the top-five with a fifth place finish Saturday morning at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals, held at the Stern Athletic Complex at Lock Haven University.
Edinboro University, who was ranked first in the latest Atlantic Region Poll, won the team title with 67 points. Shippensburg University was second, coming in at 95 points. California (Pa.) was third with 112 points, earning the third and final automatic qualifier for the NCAA National Championships.
The Golden Bears ended at 195 points, behind fourth-place West Chester University at 165. There were 22 teams competing.
Individually, Julie Friend of California (Pa.) won the 6k race with a time of 20:36.7, a full minute-and-a-half faster than the number one time last year (22:21).
It was the second straight year that KU finished fifth at the Regional meet. It was also the fifth time this season, out of six meets, that Kutztown has placed in the top-five overall, winning the Salisbury Fall Classic Sept. 2 and the Bulldog Invitational Oct. 7.
For KU, junior Stephanie Bresadola let the way with an 18th-place finish out of 150 runners at 21:54.4, earning her All-Region honors. She improved upon her 19th-place finish from a year ago.
Bresadola has finished in the top-20 overall in all six meets, and has paced the KU lineup in each one.
Junior Alexis Dongvort also improved upon her place last year, crossing the finish line 26th at 22:15.5. She jumped two positions from last year, where she was 28th.
Redshirt-sophomore Amanda Ferraro also was inside the top-30, coming in 29th with a time of 22:19.5, after not competing at Regionals last year.
Erin Callaghan had a top-40 finish, placing 39th at 22:39.7.
Freshman Lindsay Smyth rounded out the top-five for Kutztown, with a 69th place finish at 23:19.6. Classmates Sarah Shannon and Katie Duguid were the remaining KU runners, placing 74th and 101st respectively. Shannon had a time of 23:29.0 and Duguid finished at 24:11.6.
With a young lineup all season long, head coach Ray Hoffman will have plenty of positives to look at following the 2017 campaign, leading towards 2018.
18. Stephanie Bresadola – 21:54.4
26. Alexis Dongvort – 22:15.5
29. Amanda Ferraro – 22:19.5
39. Erin Callaghan – 22:39.7
69. Lindsay Smyth – 23:19.6
74. Sarah Shannon – 23:29.0
101. Katie Duguid – 24:11.6