WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.-Underclassmen helped lead the way for the Coast Guard women's cross country team to an eighth place team finish at the Purple Valley Invite at Mount Greylock High School.
Freshman Gretchen Krause lead the way for the Bears, finishing 41st overall, crossing the line in 24:04 in her collegiate 6K debut. Second to cross the line for Coast Guard was sophomore Carrie Smith – also in her first 6K – covering the course in 24:18 to place 49th overall. Close behind Smith was junior Beth Gollin in 53rd, running a 24:23.
Middlebury won the meet with 38 points, followed by MIT (2nd/43 points), Williams (3rd/46), Amherst (4th/__), Colby (5th/__), SUNY-Oneonta (6th/190) Christopher Newport (7th/213), and Coast Guard (8th/215).
The Bears also had several runners in the 5K open race that posted solid performances on a challenging course. Coast Guard's top two runners were sophomore Melissa Keeley and freshman Jennifer Haley placing 6th and 8th, respectively, among 90 runners. Keeley covered the course in 21:12 and Haley crossed the finish in a time of 21:27.
Coast Guard will return to action next Saturday, October 5th when they travel to Lehigh University to compete at the Paul Short Invitational.