LEESBURG, Va. – On Saturday morning, the Saint Joseph's women's cross country squad was given its first opportunity to race the Oatlands Plantation course, the site of the upcoming 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship (Oct. 28). SJU would take full advantage of this opportunity as the Hawks, placing four in the top ten, won the George Mason Invitational with 44 points in a field of eight squads. SJU edged past A-10 foes Duquesne (45 pts) and host-school George Mason (54 pts) for the victory.

The Hawks averaged a 6.04k time of 22:52.

Duquesne put a pair of runners into the 3rd and 4th spots, but Saint Joseph's juniors Lindsey Oremus (22:36.9) and Lucy Harmon (22:41.4) crossed in fifth and sixth, respectively, to keep the Hawks close.

A George Mason racer took the seventh slot, but senior Cassidy Weimer (22:47.1) and sophomore Emily Bracken (22:50.9) locked it down for the Crimson and Gray with eighth- and ninth-place finishes.

Junior Elaine Estes (23:24.0) finished 16th overall to round out the scoring for the Crimson and Gray while junior Britton Gagliardi (23:42.8) and sophomore Meridith Twomey (24:01.8) finished as SJU's #6 and #7 runners.

Saint Joseph's will take next weekend off from competition and will return to action on Saturday, October 14 at both the Princeton Invitational (9:00 a.m.) at Princeton University's West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J. and the Leopard Invitational (10:00 a.m.) at Lafayette College's Metzgar Fields in Easton, Pa.