Competing against Mitchell in the opening event of the season, the Wesleyan Invitational Thurs., Sept. 19, the Cardinals had each of its eight runners finish ahead of the top competition for Mitchell in sweeping their way to a 15-50 victory. Western Connecticut also had four runners in the race but did not generate a team score. Up next for Wesleyan was a trip to Lehigh Sat., Oct. 5 for the Paul Short Run.
Libby Lazare '14 (left side photo) covered the three-mile Wesleyan course in a time of 19:04.4, finishing 30 seconds ahead of second place Molly Schassberger '17 (right side photo, 19:34.2) and 44 second ahead of third place Caroline Elmendorf '17 (19:48.7). Rachel Unger '15 and Karley Dutra '14 rounded out the Cardinals' scoring five with times of 20:07.2 and 20:12.9.
At Lehigh, Lazare was a standout as she finished in the top 10 percent of the field which features many Division I and II colleges. She placed 35th among 365 runners, covering the 6k course in a time of 22:44. She was the ninth-best Division III competitor in the race. Wesleyan finished 39th of 45 teams as the Cardinals' scoring five was rounded out by Schassberger (195th, 25:01), Unger '15 (206th, 25:11), Althea Schenck '17 (233rd, 25:44) and Elmendorf (240th, 25:52).
In the Little Three meet, hosted by Wesleyan Sat., Oct. 19, Lazare again paced Wesleyan to the tape, placing 13th overall. Wesleyan's scoring five featured Elmendorf, Unger, Schassberger and Schenck. Williams ran away with the title, sweeping the top 11 spots for a team score of 15. Amherst was second with 54 and Wesleyan third at 79.
Ahead for the Cardinals is the annual NESCAC Championship, this year hosted by Conn. College in the New London area Sat., Nov. 2.