Penn State women’s cross country was able to successfully defend its Mid-Atlantic Regional title on Friday at the Blue and White golf courses.
The Nittany Lions were led by Tessa Barrett’s first-place finish. Barrett came across the line with a time of 20:00.
“The women came in a little banged up after the conference meet,” head coach John Gondak said in a release from the university. “We had a few of our top runners shaking off a few injuries so I was really thrilled and proud the way they competed today, coming in and winning the meet to advance to nationals.”
As a team, Penn State tallied 36 points well ahead of runner-up, Villanova, who had 93.
Elizabeth Chikotas (3rd, 20:17), Jillian Hunsberger (4th, 20:23), Kathryn Munks (12th, 20:53) and Greta Lindsley (16th, 21:06) helped account for the Nittany Lions’ score. State College graduate Victoria Crawford finished 60th with a time of 22:03.
The men didn’t fare as well.
They finished fifth with 190 points. Georgetown was the winner with 66 points and was only eight ahead of runner-up, Navy.
Timothy McGowan led the way for Penn State with a fifth-place finish (31:13). Colin Abert (27th, 31:24), John McGowan (32nd, 31:29), Brandon Tubby (49th, 31:47) and Billy McDevitt (67th, 32:08) rounded out Penn State’s scoring.