Oct. 11, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - After nearly three weeks off from competition the championship season began for the Seton Hall women's cross country team as The Hall was one of 12 teams who descended on Van Cortlandt Park this afternoon looking to make their mark at the 2013 Metropolitan Championships.
SHU was one of five squads who had two or more runners finish in the top-25 of a field that included 124 runners as senior Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.) and Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.) led the Pirates to a seventh-place finish.
For the fifth time this season and the sixth consecutive meet overall, Eddings was the top performer on the team as she came just over seven seconds shy of setting a new career-best 5K mark by finishing with a time of 19:27.62 (22nd overall). It was no surprise that Migton crossed the line less than three seconds later in 23rd, posting a time of 19:30.56.
Two of three captains and the unquestioned leaders of the squad, Eddings and Migton have nearly perfected the art of running as a tandem. Not only have the two led the team in every race, but they have finished back-to-back in the overall results in all five meets as well.
At both the St. John's-Hofstra Fall Festival (9.7) and Cappy Anderson Invitational (9.21), Eddings and Migton came in third and fourth respectively. They also recorded a pair of top-10 finishes at the season-opening Monmouth XC Kickoff (8.31) as Eddings placed sixth followed by Migton in seventh while at the Delaware Invitational (9.14); they occupied the 29th and 30th spots.
While the two veterans have continued to set the standard, freshman Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) has provided a more than capable compliment. The team's third-place finisher in all four meets leading up to Saturday, Blackburn again rounded out Seton Hall's top-three as she finished in 20:39.17 and placed 53rd overall.
Senior tri-captain Kristen May (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished fourth among all Pirates, scoring for the third time this year with a time of 22:16.45. One meet after cracking the team's top-five for the first time in her career, sophomore Amanda Catherall (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored yet again as the fifth SHU runner to complete the course (22:20.31).
Freshman Tiffany Callanan (Toms River, N.J.) tied a season-best by placing sixth on the squad (22.30.38) and was within eight seconds of the 5K time she recorded last time out at the Cappy Anderson Invite despite facing a significantly more difficult test.
The next runner to cross the line was SHU sophomore Alex Ryan (Aurora, Colo.) who ended her day with a time of 22:39.18.
For the second consecutive year, Columbia claimed the women's crown behind a pack of five top-10 finishers. Also for a second straight year, Seton Hall bested BIG EAST rival St. John's at the meet, recording a team score of 216 that was 25 points better than the Red Storm.
After a trip to the Leopard Invitational in Easton, Pa. next Saturday, October 19, Seton Hall will get another chance to battle St. John's along with the rest of the conference at the 2013 BIG EAST Championships in Milwaukee, Wisc.