With 11 teams in attendance and a total of 132 runners competing in the race, Julia Mark '13 (photo) and Wesleyan both were tops as individual and team winners during the Wesleyan Invitational Sat., Sept. 22. Mark's 5k time of 19:06.1 bested the field by a margin of 1.7 seconds over the second-place finisher from Bowdoin. For her effort, Mark was honored by the NESCAC as its women's cross country Performer of the Week. Also snagging top-10 finishes for the Cardinals in helping the host amass 49 points, 11 better than runner-up Bowdoin with 60, were Hannah Zimmerman '13, who took sixth in 19:34.5, and Ceili Brennan '13, who placed seventh in 19:36.0.
Rounding out the Cardinals' scoring five were Jessica Sherry '13 in 13th place (20:03.7) and Dana Louie '15 in 22nd place (20:15.7). Each of Wesleyan's 11 entries finished solidly in the top half of the field.
Smith and Coast Guard were the only other teams to collect less than 100 points as Smith scored 85 for third place and Coast Guard, 93 for fourth.
The next action for the squad was a new affair to the Cardinals as they made a first-ever venture to Lehigh University for the Paul Short Run Fri., Sept. 28. The event is divided into sections and Wesleyan was placed in the Brown Division. The Cardinals, with Mark leading the way once again, took eighth place among 39 colleges, many of them Division I squads. Mark was timed in 22:37 for 6k. Zimmerman again was the second Cardinal to the tape, placing 38th in 23:01. Louie (90, 23:47), Sherry (94th, 23:49) and Veronia Alvarado '15 (98th, 23:50) completed the scoring for Wesleyan. The Cardinals were the top group among the 17 Division III squads in their race. Three of the Division III teams Wesleyan defeated had been ranked among the top-35 nationally in the latest national poll (Sept. 26) as Rowan was #28, Plattsburgh #34 and Gettysburg #35.
On Sat., Oct. 13, the Cardinals took a trip to Amherst for the annual Little Three meet. Mark was a solid third place in the field of 61 runners. Her 5k time was 19:13.1. Also scoring for the Cardinals in the race were Brennan (15th, 20:01.3), Sherry (19th, 20:09.5), Nellie Triedman '13 (21st, 20:11.0) and Zimmerman (24th, 20:13.7). Williams captured the event with 24 points while Amherst was second with 45 and Wesleyan third with 70.
Wesleyan will be at Bowdoin Sat., Oct. 27 for the annual NESCAC Championship in its next race.