Salisbury, MD (September 29, 2012)
The Nyack College Running Warriors attended for the first time, the Don Cathcart Invitational Hosted by Salisbury University where all the ladies PR'd their way to a 3rd place team finish out of 13 colleges/universities present. Running on their home course, Nyack fell to the Salisbury Seagulls by a score of 84 points to 96 while Mansfield University fell short as well by one mere point (85) earning their 2nd place team finish.
The team results notwithstanding, Lady Warriors still have much to be proud of from the race. Freshmen, Rebecca Wakeley, Nicole Pagan, Tori Trador, Megan Curran, sophomore Pamela code, juniors Bethany Allison, Samantha Taussig, and seniors LeeAnn Mailly & Abigail Frank all bettered their Personal Records (PR) at the 6-kilometer distance.
It was 2x CACC Rookie of the Week, Wakeley, and up and coming runner, Pagan, who lead the way for Nyack with their sixth & tenth-place individual finish out of 117 competitors on the Winter Place Park course. Top-10 individuals were awarded medals for their exceptional efforts.
Wakeley bolted across the line at 22:24 – surpassing her previous 6k PR on Sept. 1st by almost three minutes and Pagan trailed four spots later at a time of 23:03 cutting almost four minutes off her former 6k PR. Fellow freshman Trador (17th – 23:37) followed closely behind also eclipsing the 24-minute barrier. Team Chaplain, Code (31st – 24:18) and freshman, Kuykendall (38th – 24:37) were the next Warrior pair across the line rounding out the Top-5 scorers.
Though the Running Warriors would have wanted a victory, the results can only be encouraging based on the number of personal records set. In addition to the 6k finish, unofficial 5k times were also recorded on the sidelines displaying Personal Records for the majority of the women's team as well.
The core group of freshmen – Wakeley, Pagan, Trador, Kuykendall, and Curran – has looked especially strong so far this year keeping sophomore, Code, on her toes and striving for more success with working her way up the Warrior pack. Curran (52nd – 25:03) and Mailly (78th – (26:58) displayed their 6k PR's to seal Nyack's Top-7 in the race.
While the Lady Warrior focus is turning toward the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships, just three weeks away, Saturday's meet was a good benchmark, checking where the athletes are against their time from the Delaware Valley College 6k opener earlier last month. Peeking at the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Championships - which is also a 6k race - is looking very likely for the Nyack group.
The Warriors have a week off before hosting their homecoming 5k fundraiser on October 13, 2012 and then another week off before the CACC Championships. Nyack will run at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, PA on October 21, 2012, and to compete for the CACC Title.
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