DATE: September 8, 2018
CONTACT: Bob Shreve, SID
WOMEN’S HARRIERS DOMINATE THE FIELD IN DOUG WATTS OPEN
EDINBORO, Pa. – Competing in a competition named for a hall of fame coach, the Edinboro women’s cross country team presented first-year head coach Clayton Foster with an impressive to start the 2018 season. Edinboro hosted the Doug Watts Open and had five of the first six finishers to outdistance Shippensburg.
With the PSAC Championships slated for Edinboro on November 3, the Doug Watts Open drew five other PSAC squads. Edinboro finished with 18 points, while Shippensburg was second with 65 points. The Fighting Scots edged the Raiders a year ago in the PSAC Championships and went on to win the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region. Edinboro came in ranked 20th in the USTFCCCA Division II Preseason Top 25, while Shippensburg is among “others receiving votes.”.
Seton Hill finished third with 80 points, followed by Mercyhurst with 96 points. Slippery Rock came in fifth (100 points) and Indiana(Pa.) (153) completed the field.
Stefanie Parsons, the 2017 PSAC Freshman of the Year, opened her sophomore campaign with a first place finish. She covered the Doug Watts Course 6K distance in 22:18. Redshirt sophomore Hope Pietrocarlo was second with a time of 22:29.
Seton Hill’s Skye Christian (22:42) took home third place, but the next three finishers were Fighting Scots. Abbey Lang, a senior, crossed the finish line with a time of 23:10, while sophomore Brooke Messinger was fifth (23:12) and sophomore Tori Klimowicz sixth (23:13). Sophomore Jordan Hauser (35th – 25:25), redshirt senior Abigail Warner (39th – 26:57), and sophomore Michaela Lind (62nd – 27:47) rounded out Edinboro’s competitors.
Edinboro will return to action on Saturday, September 15 at the Allegheny College Classic.
Pl. Runner Time
1. Stefanie Parsons 22:18
2. Hope Pietrocarlo 22:29
4. Abbey Lang 23:10
5. Brooke Messinger 23:12
6. Tori Klimowicz 23:13
35. Jordan Hauser 25:25
55. Abigail Warner 26:57
62. Michaela Lind 27:47