NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Junior Jacqueline Thorne led the Sacred Heart women's cross country team with a third place finish, and fellow junior Olivia Weiss finished fourth overall to lead the Pioneers to a team title on Saturday morning at the Ted Owen Invitational at Stanley Quarter Park. It was the second straight year the SHU women took home first place at the invitational.
The Pioneers took the top spot with 41 points and were the only team to place four runners in the top 10. NEC rival and meet host Central Connecticut took second with 48 points, followed by Rhode Island (71), Fairfield (89), Assumption (115), NJIT (161), Fairleigh Dickinson (199) and Bryant (209).
- Thorne placed third overall out of 82 runners in the five-kilometer race, crossing the finish in 18:39.1. She has now led the SHU pack in each of the team's three races this season. Weiss was close behind in fourth place overall with a new personal record of 18:40.0.
- Emma Cary (9th/19:03.7) and Gaelyn Kattman (10th/19:08.1-PR) also finished back-to-back to round out the top 10. Kattman's time was a new personal record and she was the first NEC rookie to cross the finish line.
- Junior Bianca De Lucia finished 15th overall in a PR time of 19:23.7 to round out the team's top five, sophomore Brigit Kelly finished sixth on the team with a 24th place PR finish of 19:47.6, and Delaney Kimball (20:00.6) rounded out the team's top seven in 28th place overall.
- Gabrielle Vega (37th/20:19.7), Sarah Dupuis (46th/20:37.1) and Danielle Mannino (47th/20:41.0) also competed and placed in the top 50.
After a weekend off from competition, the Pioneers will race next on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.