WINCHESTER, Va. - The Gallaudet University women's cross country team competed against a deep and talented pool of runners at the Hornet Harrier on a warm Saturday morning at the Kernstown Battlefield. The Bison finished 17th out 17 schools with 480 team points.
Salisbury University won the meet with 54 points as the Sea Gulls had five runners in the top 15 spots. Salisbury edged out University of Mary Washington by three points as the Eagles took second followed by the host Hornets of Shenandoah University (121), WVU Tech (123) and Southern Virginia University (132) to round out the top five. Bridgewater (Va.) College junior English Jackson won the 5K race, that featured 143 runners, in 19 minutes and 7.1 seconds.
GU was led by sophomore Sierra Pratt (Katy, Texas) who placed 117th with a time of 26:41.4. Junior Taylor Nguyen (Ballwin, Mo.) was close behind in 119th place (26:57.2). The next Bison to cross the finish line was freshman Jenny Mendis (Brook Park, Ohio) in 128th place (28:39.5). Fellow freshmen Aleena Nicoloro (Redding, Conn.) and Abigail Barker (Knoxville, Tenn.) were the final Bison to finish in 142nd (35:53.2) and 143rd place (37:25.3), respectively.
- Gallaudet averaged 31:07 per runner
- The Bison were 10:43 off the pace of the first-place Sea Gulls
Gallaudet will make a trip to Salisbury, Md., on the Eastern Shore to compete in the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University on Saturday, Oct. 5.