East Hartford, Conn. - Senior Kaneen Gomez-Hixson (Wethersfield, CT/Singapore American School) of the University of Saint Joseph cross country team bested a field of 88 runners to post her first victory of the 2016 season at the Trinity Bantum XC Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The veteran broke the tape with a winning time of 19:51.6 and paced the USJ cross country team to a fifth place finish out of eight teams at the meet.
Gomez-Hixson has started off the 2016 campaign on a tear and adds her first place finish on Saturday to a runner-up finish last weekend at the Roger Williams Invitational. She dominated Trinity's 5K course held at Wickham Park in East Hartford, CT finishing in 19:51.6, while posting a 6:32.5 mile pace and finishing over four seconds ahead of the second place runner.
Sophomore Mia Tompkins (Meriden, CT/Mercy) was the second runner to cross the finish line for the Blue Jays on Saturday. Tompkins clocked in with a time of 22:11.6, good for a 16th place overall finish.
Junior Mary Anderson (Granby, CT/Westminister) and sophomore Madison Boyce (East Hampton, CT/East Hampton) finished 38th and 40th , respectfully. Anderson completed the race in 23:44.2, while Boyce posted a finishing time of 24:00.4.
Rounding out the five scored runners for the Blue Jays was freshman Charlotte Eberhardt (Thomaston, CT/Thomaston). Eberhardt turned in a time of 24:27.6 to record a 45th place overall result.
Senior Alyssa Vereneau (Newington, CT/Newington) and junior Jessica Jordan also competed in the race for USJ. Vereneau crossed the finish line sixth for the Blue Jays, just behind Eberhardt in 48th place overall with a final time of 24:46.8. Jordan ran 27:22.8 to finish in 65th.
The USJ cross country will be back in action next on Saturday, Sept. 17 when they travel to Dartmouth, MA for the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.