Women's Cross-Country Experiences Vastness Of Paul Short Run

Kelly Murphy's personal-best performance highlighted Felician's trip to the Paul Short Run on Sept. 29, 2017. (Meghan DeCarlo)
Kelly Murphy's personal-best performance highlighted Felician's trip to the Paul Short Run on Sept. 29, 2017. (Meghan DeCarlo)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Felician University women's cross-country team experienced the largest and most competitive field it will see all season when it took part in the College White Race at the 44th Annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on Friday afternoon on Lehigh's Goodman Campus.

The Paul Short Run is annually the largest intercollegiate cross-country meet in the nation. Approximately 6,000 student-athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools were scheduled to complete over 14 races in the day-long event.

The Women's College White Race was 6,000 meters in length, a kilometer longer than many regular-season women's meets. 271 racers completed the event, with sophomore Jane Burgoyne (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) turning in Felician's top performance. Burgoyne crossed the finish line in 25 minutes, 52 seconds and placed 147th overall.

The Golden Falcon contingent finished in a spaced out fashion, with nearly 12 minutes separating the team's five scorers. After Burgoyne, it took almost three minutes for a second Felician runner to complete the race. Sophomore co-captain Valentina Gonzalez (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) clocked a 28:43 and finished 217th.

Senior Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) clocked a personal-best 6K time of 30:26 and placed 233rd. It was the third time in three races this season that Burgoyne, Gonzalez and Murphy represented Felician's top three.

Also scoring for the Golden Falcons were freshman Vanessa Saiboo (Jersey City, N.J./County Prep) (251st, 32:13) and junior JeanMarie Kaminski (Carteret, N.J./Saint Dominic Academy) (269th, 37:37). Kaminski, a sprinter on the track & field team, was a collegiate scorer in cross-country for the first time.

With 936 points, Felician out-pointed Rutgers University-Newark (978) and City College of New York (1056). The Golden Falcons finished 79 points behind 29th-place Alvernia College. They were fifth out of five Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.

Wesleyan University won the meet with 69 points, placing its five scorers among the top 23 finishers. Wesleyan was 35 points better than runner-up Gettysburg College. Third-place American International College (174) was the top Division II entry. Gettysburg senior Elizabeth Hilfrank was the individual champion with a 21:52.

Earlier in the day, Utah State University was the champion of the top-tiered College Gold Race. Its 72 points were 43 fewer than runner-up Villanova University. Utah State junior Alyssa Snyder ran 19:48 to win the race.