Friday, Oct. 20, Elizabethtown Col l e ge’s women’s c ross country team participated in the Last Chance Run Fast Invitational at Lebanon Valley College.
Junior Emily Nelson and first-years Justine Itterly and Kinsey Kilment were top finishers for the Blue Jays, all running season-best times on the 6,000-meter course.
Nelson, in her first year of running cross country for Etown, took almost a full minute off her last 6,000-meter time from the Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational Oct. 14.
Coming in 12th in 25:55.2, this was Nelson’s first 6,000-meter run under 26 minutes, beating her previous personal best time of 26:20 which she set at Dickinson’s Long Course Invitational in September.
Ne l s on a l s o e a r ned t he Landmark Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week award for her performance in this meet.
Itterly finished 16th overall in 26:26.9, taking almost a minute off her personal-best 6,000-meter time. Kilment was the third Blue Jay to finish, coming in at 26:20.8.
First-year O’livia McIntosh and junior Brianna Kreiss also scored for Etown, running their first 6,000-meter races of the season. McIntosh finished 22nd in 26:45.6 and Kreiss came in 24th with a time of 26:47.5. Junior Liz Driver and sophomore Courtney Gelb also had season-best performances.
The women will compete at the Landmark Conference Cross Country Championships at Juniata College Saturday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m.
T h e w ome n h a v e w o n every Landmark Conference Champi ons h i p t he y h a v e participated in. They also won seven conscutive Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship titles before leaving the MAC to join the Landmark Conference in 2014. The women are looking to win their fourth consecutive Landmark Conference Championship and earn their 11th consecutive title total.
Etown runners are ranked in the Landmark Conference top ten in the 4,000-meter and 6,000-meter races.
Senior Kelsey Brady is ranked first in the 4,000-meter with a time of 14:28.60, 21 seconds ahead of the second-ranked runner. First-year Kaitlin Donahue is ranked third, senior Brenna McNamee is fifth, graduate student Alexis Groce is seventh and senior Maria Anderson is tenth.
McNamee is the highest-ranking Blue Jay in the 6,000-meter race in second with a time of 22:26.9. She is ranked exactly 32 seconds behind Scranton first-year Abigail Corrigan.
Anderson is ranked fourth, Brady is sixth, and junior Colleen Kernan is ninth.
Etown’s men’s cross country is also three-for-three in Landmark Conference Championships and will compete in Saturday’s championship meet.
The Etown men make up the top five for the 5,000-meter. Senior Tommy Fitzgerald is ranked first with a time of 17:23. Junior Tyler Alansky and sophomores Samuel Gerstenbacher, Christopher Myers and Ryan Rippeon follow, all within 10 seconds of Fitzgerald. Sophomore Liam Coverdale also made the top ten.
Gerstenbacher and Alansky are both also ranked in the 6,000-meter and Gerstenbacher in the 8,000-meter.
The men’s race will begin at 11 a.m. at the Championship meet this weekend.