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Ravenna Neville '10 and Lisa Sussman '09 Capture Titles During Wesleyan Invitational II

Lisa Sussman '09 and Ravenna Neville '10

Ravenna Neville '10 (right in photo), coming off a cross-country season this past fall during which she qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time, hit the indoor track for her first race of the year. Covering the 5k during the Wesleyan Invitational Sat., Jan. 17 in a solid time of 18:21.78, Neville ran away with the title, winning by a margin of more than a minute.

Also coming through with a winning time was Lisa Sussman '09 (left in photo) in the 1000m. Her 3:04.06 performance bettered the field by more than four seconds.

Wesleyan also got a solid effort from Julia Frieze '12 in the 400m dash. Her time of 1:01.94 gave her second place among 20 runners and improved upon her initial collegiate time last month by a third of a second.

During the Cardinal Invitational I, hosted by Wesleyan Sat., Jan. 24, Sussman again was a winner, this time in the 800m race with an outstanding time of 2:18.63. She also helped Wesleyan's 4x400m relay squad to a top prize along with Julia Frieze '12, Helen DeKorne '12 and Lynn Edmonds '11. Other highlights of the meet for Wesleyan included a second-place finish among 38 runners in the mile for Reville (5:21.14), second place in the 600m for Dekorne and third place in the 55m hurdles for Kiran Sheffrin '10.

The team visited Tufts for its Invitational Sat. Jan. 31 and got more solid efforts from the usual suspects. Sheffrin was second in the 55m hurdles while Neville took second in the 3k, followed closely by Liz Wheatley '09 in third. Frieze grabbed second in the 600m with Sussman taking fourth. As a team, the Cardinals collected 52 points to finish fourth of 10 squads.

Next up for the team is its fourth and final home invitational Sat., Feb, 7, the Cardinal Invitational II.