The United States Merchant Marine Academy women's cross country team finished fifth overall in a field of 19 teams at the NJIT Highlander Invitational Sunday afternoon.
Conditions were nearly ideal for a fast run through the 5K course with a slight drizzle and temperatures hovering in the low 50's. The meet was divided into two competitions scoring D-I schools in their own category and D-II, D-III, and junior colleges separately.
The Mariners finished fifth among all D-II, D-III, and junior colleges placing three runners in the top 40 among a field of 131 participants.
Senior Gretchen Holubek led the way for the Mariners placing 22nd with a time of 19:48. This marks the first time in two seasons a female Mariner has broken the 20 minute barrier.
"Amber Kinter and Ellie Coulter showed what I had known they were capable of all along," said Head Coach Greg Lott. "I was proud that they were able to put it all together this weekend. Gretchen Holubek has been improving all season and some of our other girls ran tough through some pain. It was a very good team effort."
Merchant Marine will have some time to get healthy and sharpen their skills as their next meet isn't until October 27th when they travel to Huntingdon, PA for Landmark Conference Championships.