NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) women's cross country team traveled upstate to the University of Notre Dame for the 51st National Catholic Invitational this afternoon. The Fighting Irish hosted the Championship races at the notorious Burke Golf Course. The top tier competition included NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA institutions, with the toughest teams being the University of Notre Dame, University of Dayton, University of Detroit Mercy, Marian University, Creighton University, Walsh University, and Ohio Dominican University.
The Pomeroys tallied a 276 team score as they defeated 13 teams including Marian University, University of Detroit Mercy, Brescia University, and many more by over 100+.
The women's cross country team was led by freshman Zoe Trausch, she finished 39th with a time of 19:36.09. Trausch finished only 21 spots behind the University of Notre Dame's number seven runner; extremely impressive for a true freshman. Just behind her was Kayla Coryea who finished 50th with a time of 20:00.64 and Breanna Barger, who took 63rd with a time of 20:21.18.
What: 51st National Catholic Invitational
When: September 20, 2019
Where: Burke Golf Course | Notre Dame, Ind.
Schedule of Events: 3:30 p.m. ET Open Race | 4:15 p.m. Women's 5K Championship | 5 p.m. ET Men's 5 Mile Championship
The Field: Ave Maria University, Benedictine University, Brescia University, Canisius College, Creighton University, Dayton, Detroit Mercy, Franciscan University, College of the Holy Cross, Loras College, Lourdes University, Marian University, Notre Dame, Ohio Dominican, St. Mary's University, College of Saint Benedict, University of St. Francis, Saint Mary's College (Ind.), Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, St. Norbert College, St. Xavier University, Thomas More College, Walsh University
Team Scoring Summary
1 | Notre Dame | 18 | 1-2-3-5-7(16) (18)
2 | Dayton | 70 | 6-10-15-19-20 (23) (33)
3 | Holy Cross | 91 | 8-12-21-22-28 (31) (34)
4 | Walsh | 92 | 11-13-14-25-29 (30) (35)
5 | Creighton | 140 | 9-24-26-40-41 (46) (49)
6 | Loras | 186 | 4-27-44-55-56 (74) (77)
7 | Canisius | 269 | 36-48-57-61-67 (79) (80)
8 | Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College | 276 | 37-47-58-64-70 (78) (91)
9 | St. Norbert | 283 | 38-50-62-65-68 (86) (89)
10 | St. Francis (Ind.) | 286 | 32-54-60-69-71 (120) (137)
Full team results can be found here.
Individual Results | 5K
39 | Zoe Trausch | 19:36.09
50 | Kayla Coryea | 20:00.64
63 | Breanna Barger | 20:21.18
69 | Kendyll Schulz | 20:28.31
76 | Kathryn White | 20:41.74
84 | Emily Truax | 20:57.58
100 | Emma Fey | 21:16.83
122 | Jozee Spatta | 22:20.23
134 | Elyse Hunger | 23:01.58
29 | Patricia Henney* | 22:20.58
40 | Celine Hornick* | 23:15.08
47 | Brooke Stateler* | 23:37.53
49 | Lilly VanderMel* | 24:03.38
62 | Kirstin Ellis* | 27:19.05
*Women's Open 5K*
As a team, The Woods scored 276 points
Full women's results can be found here.
Head Coach Zach Whitkanack...
"The women's team ran a great race. Our times were very good considering it was 87 degrees at the start of the race. The high-quality competition will only make us stronger at the end of the season."
Women's Cross Country will be back on the course Friday, October 4th, at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College. Location is Rock Island, Ill., at the Saukie Golf Course. The race will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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