Sept. 21, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – The Seton Hall women’s cross country team was led by a career-best time from senior Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.) on Saturday morning at the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational as the veteran tri-captain finished third overall to help the squad place second in the six-team field at the 5K event.
Eddings turned in a time of 19:20.60, besting her previous personal record by nearly nine seconds while leading the team for the fifth consecutive meet.
Fellow tri-captain Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.) followed her to the line just as has been the case throughout 2013. Migton placed fourth (19:39.60), marking the third time in four races that the tandem has contributed a pair of top-10 performances.
Freshman Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) continued to play an integral role in the Pirates’ improved level of competitiveness as she ranked among the top-10 overall for the second time this season; recording a final time of 20:41.00. Despite competing at 5,000 meters for the first time this year, Blackburn has now finished third on the team in each one of her four career outings.
Newcomer Bri Miller (Bayonne, N.J.) has also been a welcome addition to the squad as she provided an added boost with her 14th-place time of 21:06.00. Miller has now finished fourth on the team in each of her last two appearances after having scored for the first time in her career at the St. John’s-Hofstra Fall Festival before missing last week’s Delaware Invitational.
A pair of personal-record setting efforts bookended the Pirates’ scoring group as sophomore Amanda Catherall (Farmingdale, N.Y.) broke through the team’s top-five for the first time in her career by shattering her previous career-best by almost a minute; finishing 16th overall with a time of 21:28.20.
When Catherall crossed the line, Seton Hall became the first team to have five runners complete the race but Norfolk State’s Kassandra Irizarry finished two spots later and the Spartans took the team title with 35 total points.
SHU’s Kristen May (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Allyson Guieb (Robbinsville, N.J.) immediately followed Irizarry to the finish, making it seven Pirates in the top-20 with times of 21:44.40 and 21:48.40 respectively. Both have now ranked among the team’s top-seven in all four races this season and May has scored twice while Guieb has been in the SHU top-five once.
Sophomore Samantha Young (Upper Black Eddy, Pa.) missed out on setting a new personal record by less than four seconds, collecting a 22:07.30 mark that was eighth-best for the team on the day. Junior Felicia Mingrone (Shelton, Conn.) did however clip her previous career-best 5K mark by .17 seconds, crossing the line in 22:37.80.
Saturday’s results continued a run of strong performances for the Seton Hall women as the team finished second for the third time this year. In their last two trips to UMES, the SHU women have been a force, each time leaving with a runner-up finish behind five top-20 performers.
The Seton Hall cross country teams will be off from competition for the next two weeks and will look to carry their momentum into an October 11 date at the Metropolitan Championships. The meet will showcase some of the best teams in the region and will once again be held at the famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.
Start-time is listed at 1:30 p.m.