Nashua, N.H. -- The annual Raider Invitational took place this morning on the beautiful campus of Rivier University, as Emerson College took home the top place finish and team championship in the women's race.
The unique course which features a step hill, rugged wooded trails and pavement was the site for the annual meet. It was a beautiful day weather wise as there were clear skies and a temperature around 67 degrees at race time.
The women's 5K race featured the Lions claiming four of the top eleven spots as they captured the team championship over Suffolk University and Rivier University. Emerson finished the race with a team total of 42 points. Suffolk finished with 54 points and Rivier came in third with 60 total points. Wheelock College (88 points), Newbury College (123) and Pine Manor College (138) all competed in the meet and finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
PMC sophomore Maria Vaughan (Okinawa, Japan) came in third place in the women's 5K, finishing with a time of 22:08.
Emerson College senior Ali Dokus cruised to a first place finish as she crossed the line at 19:51, 20 seconds faster than Rivier University freshman Anna Pearsons who finished with a time of 20:12. To round out the top-five, Dokus and Pearsons were followed by Vaughan (22:08), NHTI's Brindi Schroder (21:12) and Rivier sophomore Grace Flanagan (22:14)
In addition to Vaughan, Gators Cadeja Matthew-Austin (28:17), Mayuka Watanabe (29:01), Sabrina Vail (30:02), Shaquanda Middleton (30:05), Brittany DesRoche (30:12) and Erica Jones (30:13) also competed today at Rivier.
Wheelock's Kylie Schultz (6th, 22:30) and Suffolk's Francesca Nardelli (7th, 22:47), Daniel Webster's Ashley England (18th, 24:26) and Newbury's Naomi Riccotti (22nd, 26:01) were their team's respective top finishers in the 5K.
This race also doubled as a Dual Meet for the Raiders and Gators. Rivier won the head-to-head race, 19-36. The Raiders had five of the first six finishers while Vaughan finished second and the reamaing Gators placed seventh through tenth.
PMC cross country will return to the course next Saturday at the annual Pop Crowell Invitational. hosted by Gordon College in Wenham, MA.