Aug 31, 2013
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - For the second-straight year, the Seton Hall women's cross country team got their season started with a runner-up finish at the Monmouth XC Kickoff as the team placed behind only the Hawks on the Division I leaderboard at Thompson Park on Saturday.
The Hall placed three women among the top-15 Division I competitors and ended the day with a team total of 60 points. Monmouth claimed the team victory with 15 points.
Due to an error in the timing process, complete, detailed individual results are currently unavailable.
The Pirates were led on the day by their three tri-captains as seniors Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.) and Kristen May (Shrewsbury, Mass.) were joined by junior Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.) in comprising three of the team's top-four finishers in the 4K race.
Eddings placed eighth overall and sixth among Division I competitors, leading SHU for the second consecutive race after closing 2012 as the squad's top performer at the ECAC championships. Migton, who has scored in every meet over her two-plus year career, finished one spot behind Eddings; setting the table for what head coach John Moon said would be a formidable 1-2 punch for the team in the 2013 season preview.
Freshman Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) turned in an impressive effort in her first collegiate appearance, placing 14th among Division I competitors. May was the next Pirate to cross the line, ranking 25th among Division I entrants and scoring for the fifth time in the last seven outings dating back to last season.
Sophomore Alex Ryan (Aurora, Colo.) repeated her fifth-place team finish from a year ago at the XC Kickoff event, finishing two spots behind May and just ahead of classmate Bri Miller (Bayonne, N.J.) and junior Allyson Guieb (Robbinsville, N.J.) who immediately followed her across the line.
Another sophomore, Amanda Catherall (Farmingdale, N.Y.) wasn't far behind as she placed just outside the top-30 Division I competitors.
The NYU women who enter the season as the #19 ranked Division III team in the nation also attended the meet and finished with a team score of 15 points.
An updated recap with complete individual times will be made available if possible.
Both cross country teams will be back in action next Saturday, September 7 when they compete at the St. John's-Hofstra Fall Festival, hosted on St John's Oakdale campus. The men will run 5K and the women will run 4K.