PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior Cassidy Weimer placed 22nd in a field of 179 racers to lead the Saint Joseph's women's cross country squad to a 12th-place team finish in a field of 20 teams at the Princeton Invitational 6k, held at Princeton University's West Windsor Fields on Saturday morning. The Hawks totaled 256 points and an average 6k time of 22:48.

Having improved upon her Princeton Invitational 6k time every year since her rookie season in 2014, Weimer crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 22:15.5, edging out La Salle's Morgan Szekely en route to the third-fastest performance by an Atlantic 10 runner. The time marks her fastest Princeton Invitational performance by 21.1 seconds. The senior was paced by a 5:58.2 mile.

Junior Lindsey Oremus clocked in with a season-best time of 22:32.1 to place 41st overall, followed by junior Elaine Estes (season-best 22:54.4), who ran her first sub-23:00 6k of the season and missed her 6k PR by just 1.2 seconds for 54th place.

Sophomore Emily Bracken (23:01.3) and graduate student Sydney Coughlin (season-best 23:20.9) placed 61st and 82nd, respectively, to round out the scoring for the Crimson and Gray.

Junior Britton Gagliardi matched Coughlin's time (season-best 23:20.9, 83rd) and sophomore Meridith Twomey crossed ina season-best time of 24:01.7 (116th) as SJU's #6 and #7 runners.

Saint Joseph's begins championship season in two weeks, when the Hawks head to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, to be held at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va. on Saturday, October 28. The 5k race, in which the Hawks were predicted to finish seventh as a squad, is slated to begin at 10:50 a.m.

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