Nov. 24, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - The University of Pittsburgh women’s cross country team finished first at the ECAC Women’s University Division Cross Country Championship this weekend. Hillary Boxheimer led the Panthers in the 5K course with a time of 18:20.8 and individually placed third overall out of 162 competitors.
“I thought the women raced great,” Assistant coach Adam Bray said. “They put themselves up in the mix early on, and raced aggressively through the hilly sections of the course. It was great to get a win, especially for our seniors, Stephanie Powers and Kelsey Coates. I'm very happy that their last cross country race for Pitt ended with a first place team finish. Boxheimer and Rachel Brown improved tremendously from last year, finishing in third and tenth today. It truly shows that we are heading in the right direction.”
The Panthers wrapped up their season in the Bronx, N.Y. at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday, finishing ahead of 16 other teams with a total of 83 points in the 5K race. Boxheimer led the pack of Panthers, followed by Rachel Brown with a time of 18:39.9.
Morgan Perry ran a 18:51.0 time to finish in 16th place. Powers finished in 24th place running a 19:03.5. Alexandra Cady (32th), Abby Peters (42nd) and Karli O’Neill (47th) rounded out the scoring for Pittsburgh.
On the men’s side, the Panthers finished third ahead of 17 other teams with a total of 157 points in the 8K. Mike Runco led the way for Pitt with a time of 25:50.7, finishing in third place out of a total of 186 runners.
Rich Addison took tenth in 26:17.0, followed by Cullen Davis who finished 33rd in 26:45.5. Chris Montgomery (53rd), Wes Roberts (59th), Luke Swomley (66th) and finished off by Ben Kisley (69th).
“I thought the men also did a great job of engaging themselves in the front of the race early on,” Bray said. “Mike Runco ran really well, beating a guy who was all-region just last week. Rich Addison also ran great with a top ten finish. For being a very young team I think the guys are racing better each and every week. That is very exciting as the indoor track season approaches.”
The Panthers now turn their attention to indoor track and field. The Panthers held their annual Blue-Gold Meet this past weekend and will open the regular-season in two weeks at the Golden Flash Gala hosted by Kent State.
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