Oct. 19, 2013
EASTON, PA. - For the second consecutive week, senior Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.) recorded a top-25 finish in a field of over 120 runners, leading the Seton Hall women's cross country team to a 12th-place finish at Saturday's 6K Leopard Invitational hosted by Lafayette University.
Eddings has been the Pirates' top finisher in all six meets this season and the last seven overall. Earlier today, she followed up a performance in which she placed 22nd out of 124 competitors at the Metropolitan Championships; she led the way for The Hall with a 21st-place finish among 165 runners. Her time of 23:08.04 was a season-best, bettering her previous team-best 6K mark by more than 30 seconds.
During a tremendous final season in which she has been an unquestioned leader for the squad, Eddings has collected three top-six individual finishes and only placed outside the top-25 once, a 29th-place showing at the Delaware Invitational.
Junior Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.) also posted a season-best time of 23:45.75, finishing second behind Eddings in the team rankings for the sixth-consecutive meet. Migton placed 42nd overall on Saturday, her first trip outside the top-30 this season as she has continued to run near the top of the lineup as she has since her freshman campaign; recording three top-seven finishes of her own.
In what has become a very familiar scene, freshman Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) was the next Pirate to the line after Eddings and Migton, striding her way to a final time of 24:13.82 (61st overall) that was nearly a full 50 seconds faster than the 6K time she registered at the Delaware Invite.
Eddings, Migton and Blackburn have finished 1-2-3 for the squad in all six outings this season.
Sophomore Bri Miller (Bayonne, N.J.) finished fourth on the team for the third time this year, recording a time of 25:29.86 in her first go at the 6K distance after missing the Delaware event while classmate Samantha Young (Upper Black Eddy, Pa.) rounded out the SHU top-five, scoring for the first time in her career by turning in a 27:01.81 performance.
The Pirates' team total of 277 points was 12th-best on the day while the American University women outpaced the field with a cumulative score of 55.
A much improved SHU squad that has had 10 different scorers and collected three second-place finishes will head to Wisconsin and the Dannehl National Cross Country Course on Saturday, November 2 to take on the rest of the league at the 2013 BIG EAST Championships.
Start-time is set for 11:00 a.m. central.