Cross Country |
Sept. 1, 2012
KETTERING, Ohio -
Sophomore Emily Clay led the University of Cincinnati women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish in its season-opening meet at the University of Dayton's Flyer 5k Challenge, run Saturday morning in Indian Riffle Park. Clay was the Bearcats' top finisher, circuiting the course in 19:07.0 and placing 14th overall.
The Bearcats totaled 108 points, finishing behind Ohio State University (19 points), Miami University (38) and Dayton (85). Wright State University was fifth with 153 points and Cleveland State University sixth with 170.
The Bearcats were without three runners on Saturday, all returnees, due to a variety of injuries. Top returning runner Alison Zukowski - also the team's only senior - was held out of the Flyer 5k Challenge as well as sophomores Kaitlyn Meyer and Amber McAlpine.
"As a team, I felt we met our expectations today," said UC cross country head coach Bill Schnier. "We had too many missing runners to expect to win, but we had an expect-to-win attitude and I'm pleased with that. "
Freshman Anne Pace was the No. 2 runner for UC in her collegiate debut. She placed 24th, covering the course in 19:31.6. Sophomore Ashley Earman was 30th in 19:53.3, freshman Alex Mahle was 40th in 20:16.0, freshman Stephanie Rosso was 50th in 20:48.0, freshman Stephanie Mee was 56th in 21:25.0, sophomore Carly Bauer was 57th in 21:25.3, freshman Maggie Bischoff was 62nd in 21:50.7, freshman Hannah Christ was 65th in 22:30.6, and freshman Melissa Deitzen was 68th in 22:37.8.
was our best runner today," said Schnier. "She ran a strong race. I'm really happy with Anne Pace
. She was the surprise of the day. Ashley Earman
also had a good run today."
The team is expected to be at full strength on Friday when the Bearcats take their turn as host of the Queen City Invitational. The event will be run at Mount Airy Park and will begin at 5 p.m.