UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Saint Joseph's women's cross country squad raced at a high level against nationally-ranked competition en route to a sixth-place team finish in a field of 10 squads at the 2018 Penn State Spiked Shoe Invitational on Friday evening. The Hawks crossed PSU's Blue-White Golf Course in an average 6k time of 22:46 and a 45-second spread for 204 points on the evening.
Not ranked as one of the top 15 teams in the USTFCCCA NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region's Preseason Poll, the Hawks came in full force and knocked off seventh-ranked Pittsburgh, 13th-ranked American, and 14th-ranked Navy for the sixth-place team finish.
Senior Lindsey Oremus led the Hawks with a 32nd-place individual finish in a field of 127 runners. Paced by a 5:58 mile average, Oremus clocked in with a time of 22:17. The time was an improvement on her sophomore-year time at Spiked Shoe (22:54) by 37 seconds.
"The team looked strong and faired well against very respectable teams," said Oremus following the race. "To finish sixth was a huge stepping stone for our team this year. I'm looking forward to seeing what this season has in store for us."
"Our top four group is really working together and getting after it this season," added Oremus. "Even when put against nationally-ranked teams today, we didn't back down."
In just her second collegiate race, rookie Gabriella Bamford broke into SJU's scoring group with a time of 23:02. Her performance was good for 61st overall and stood as the 18th-fastest performance by a freshman.