Bethlehem, PA -- Competing in a field of 40 teams, the United States Merchant Marine Academy women's cross country team finished 21st overall at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA on Friday afternoon.
Running against stiff competition, including a handful of Division-I schools who were spread across the top 10 places, the Mariners fought hard amidst the muddy conditions.
The 21st place finish was a 10 place improvement from last year's Paul Short invitational where the Mariners came in 31st.
Senior Gretchen Holoubek led the way for Kings Point placing 56th overall in a field of 281 runners with a time of 25:18 for the 6K course.
Rounding out the top five for Merchant Marine finishers were sophomore captain Amber Kinter who placed 113th (26:55), sophomore Elizabeth Coulter who finished 128th (27:39), freshman Saxson Londagin who came in 136th (28:00), and freshman Madeline Sullivan (pictured) who placed 138th (28:05).
"This was the first 6K of the season for our ladies, and for many of them, their first 6K ever," said Head Coach Greg Lott. "They had a strong race but just have not yet quite run to their full potential. I think everything is going to come together for them in their next race."
The Mariners will be racing again next weekend when they travel to the Highlander Cross Country Challenge in Newark, NJ on Sunday October 7th.