Sept. 14, 2013
NEWARK, DEL. - Consistency has been a key to the Seton Hall women’s cross country team’s impressive start to 2013 and the team’s top performers showed up in full force once again to lead the squad to a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s 6K Delaware Invitational.
Continuing a trend that began in the 2012 finale, senior Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.) served as the pace-setters for the Pirates; finishing first and second respectively among 14 Pirates who took to the course this afternoon.
Eddings registered a time of 23:40.07 and was followed to the finish soon after by fellow team captain Migton (23:47.27) as both placed among the top-30 Division I competitors on the day.
Freshman Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) picked up her third-straight top-3 team performance as well, collecting a time of 25.03.49. She joins Eddings and Migton as the only three Pirates to score in all three meets thus far in 2013.
Sophomore Amanda Quaglia (Reading, Pa.) was among SHU’s top-five in every race a year ago and on Saturday; she returned to the scoring group for the first time in the new season with a 25:56.68 effort. Senior tri-captain Kristen May (Shrewsbury, Mass.) crossed just over a second later (25:57.85), collecting her second top-five team performance in the last three weeks.
After the first two meets of her career were at the 4K distance, freshman Tiffany Callanan (Toms River, N.J.) navigated the added 2,000 meters well; ranking sixth for SHU with a final mark of 26:39.39.
Callanan finished just ahead of another pair of Pirates who have produced greatly improved times in their second seasons in a Seton Hall uniform. Junior Allyson Guieb (Robbinsville, N.J.)
eclipsed her previous 6K career best by nearly 1:25 by finishing in 26:41.94 and sophomore Amanda Catherall (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
was the next Division I competitor to reach the line; posting a time of 26:52.77.
The Hall totaled 110 points for the meet while Princeton, the #4 team in the Mid Atlantic region and 28th-ranked squad in the nation, took home the team title with a final tally of 21 points.
Next up for the cross country program is a trip down the coast to Princess Anne, Md., where the Pirates will compete at the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational next Saturday, September 21.