BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Philadelphia University women's cross country team finished sixth in the Paul Short Run White Run held on a rainy Friday afternoon on the campus of Lehigh University.
Philadelphia placed its five scoring runners in the top-80 of the 347-runner field to finish with 272 points. The Rams had the best finish among the six Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference teams in attendance.
Emilie Barton (Sterling, Ill./Newman Central Catholic) led the Rams for the fourth time this season as she completed the 6-kilometer course in season-best time of 23 minutes, 38 seconds to come in 31st. Victoria Frisbie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) posted a career-best 6K time of 23:50 to cross the finish line in 40th.
Alyssa Litty (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and Erin Raup (Danville, Pa./Danville) were separated by seven seconds as they posted finishes of 60th and 66th, respectively. Litty's time was 24:21, while Raup had a 24:28. Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) claimed the final scoring position for the Rams with the 81st-place time of 24:40.
Maddie Conway (Glen Mills, Pa./Penncrest) had the 90th-place time of 24:50 and Juliana Coculo (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert East) took 102th with a time of 25:00. Kaitlyn Beckham (Gettysburg, Pa./Fairfield Area) was the 123rd-place finisher with a time of 25:26. Gypsy Blue Cooper (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) completed the Philadelphia lineup with the 131st-place time of 25:35. Conway, Coculo, and Cooper all set career bests at this distance.
Haverford College won the team title with 66 points. The Fords had three runners inside the top-10. West Chester's Amanda Eisman ran the race in 21:51 to claim the individual championship.
The Rams that didn't run on Friday will compete in the Tom O'Hara Belmont Classic on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Belmont Plateau at noon.