Women's cross country claims third straight CACC championship

Women's cross country claims third straight CACC championship

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's cross country team continued its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) dominance, winning its seventh conference title in the last eight seasons Sunday morning at Belmont Plateau.

The Rams—who won their third straight CACC championship—had four of their scoring runners finish in the top seven to put together a team score of 40 points, doubling up Georgian Court's runner-up score of 80. The University of the Sciences scored 122 points to take third.

Senior Stephanie Watson (Newport, Vt./North Country Union) continued her strong season as she completed Sunday's 5-kilometer course with a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 44.1 seconds to finish in the runner-up position and earn All-CACC recognition for the first time in her career. Watson has been Philadelphia's fastest runner in six races in 2016.

Freshman Megan Horan (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley) made her first All-CACC team as she crossed the finish line with the fourth-place time of 20:14.3, a career-best.

Senior Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) edged out fellow senior Victoria Frisbie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) for the sixth position. Thies claimed the sixth spot with a time of 20:26.4, while Frisbie was 2.5 seconds behind Thies in seventh. Thies is an All-CACC runner for the fourth time and Frisbie made the All-CACC team for the third straight year.

Senior Maddie Conway (Glen Mills, Pa./Penncrest) secured the championship when she crossed the finish line with the in 21:18.6 to record a 21st-place finish.

Senior Kaitlyn Beckham (Gettysburg, Pa./Fairfield Area) recorded the 24th-place time of 21:28.4. Sophomore Erin Raup (Danville, Pa./Danville) rounded out Philadelphia's lineup as she completed the course in 21:40.4 to take the 28th spot.

Post University's Kendall Fitzgerald claimed the individual title and the CACC runner of the year award with a time of 19:12.4.

Philadelphia has two weeks off before heading to Hopkinton, N.H. to compete in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship on Saturday, Nov. 5.