Westfield, MA - The 23rd Annual James Early Invitational was host to over 20 Womens' Cross Country Programs this Saturday. Clark University placed 11th as a team, with an average time of 20:46.21. Smith took home the title today, just edging Trinity College and Mount Holyoke. The host Owls finished 6th at their home course.
Clark's top two runners both finished in the top 60. Nicolina Braccio (Nashue, NH) clocked in at 20:24.75 for 50th overall and Meghan Davinroy (Louisville, CO) crossed the finish line at 20:30.57 for 59th. Seniors Liza French (Middleborough, MA) and Diana Argiles-Castillo (San Jose, Costa Rica) both ran times that led them to top 80 finishes. Rounding out the top six for Clark were Freshmen Julia Chun (Northborough, MA) and Kathryn Rivard-Lentz (Hampton, CT) finishing at 81 and 134, respectively.
Smith College had three runners in the top 20 overall finishers, propelling them to the times they needs to just sneak by Trinity. Trinity had only a five second difference in their average time compared to Smith, showing how tight the race was. Mount Holyoke, Saint Rose, and Worcester State finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in Westfield today. The host Westfield State, who finished sixth overall, had their top runner come in 8th.
Next Saturday, Clark travels up to Brunswick, ME for the Bowdoin College Invitational. This is the last meet before the NEWMAC Championships and NCAA Regionals.