USMMA competes against nation's best at Paul Short Invitational
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Kings Point women's cross country team turned some heads and learned about itself as it competed against the nation's best at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Friday.
A total of 135 teams competed in meet that was broken into three sections. The meet included four of the nation's "Top 10" teams (No. 1 Georgetown #1, No. 3 Providence, No. 5 Villanova and No. 9 Duke). All major conferences and divisions from across the country were represented.
The U.S. Merchant Marine women, competing without their top runner (freshman Kelly Whalen), finished 31st out of 46 teams in their section beating Landmark Conference rival Drew University.
Kings Point was led with an outstanding run by senior Lauren Rattan, who completed the course in 67th place out of 335 runners with a time of 25:13 on the 6K course. Freshmen finished out the rest of the team's scoring places:
Amber Kinter - 25:59
Ellie Coulter - 27:35
Mary Silk - 27:44
Baylee Grier - 28:05
"Not only was this the first race at 6K this season for our women, it was the first 6K ever for almost our entire roster," coach Greg Lott said. "The ladies adjusted very well to the longer distance, holding and even improving upon the paces that they have been running for 5K. Senior Lauren Rattan ran exceptionally well and showed solid improvement. She had a great showing of her foot-speed as she out-kicked at least a half dozen women over the final 100m."
The team will not be in action again until a meet at Sunken Meadow on Oct. 22.
Photo: Senior Lauren Rattan had the best time for the Kings Point women over 6K at 25:13.