September 8, 2012

W&L Women’s XC Takes Top Three Spots to Win W&L Invite

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee women's cross country team took the top three spots and six of the top seven to run away with the W&L Invitational title on Saturday morning at the Dick Miller Cross Country Course. The Generals totaled 17 points, which was 44 points better than second-place Southern Virginia in the six-team competition.

Senior captain Lauren Schultz (Hopkington, Mass./Hopkinton) crossed the finish line first with a time of 20:36. Teammate and classmate Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan) was her closest competitor with Ortiz taking second in 20:57. In third was junior Brandie Huffman (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) at 21:28.

Roanoke sophomore Grace England (Dublin, Va./Pulaski County) came in fourth, but following her were three more W&L runners. First-year Kaitlin Bonaro (Waldorf, Md./North Point) placed fifth at 21:31, sophomore Casey Mackintosh (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) took sixth with a time of 21:36 and first-year Rachel Solomon (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) finished seventh in 21:54.

It marked the second consecutive team victory for Washington and Lee after winning the ODAC Preview Meet on September 1.

The Generals take a couple of weeks off before returning to competition at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh on Friday, September 28.

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