MANCHESTER, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph cross country team recorded a ninth place finish at the Trinity College Bantum Cross Country Invitational held at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn. on Saturday morning. The 5K race featured 100 runners and 11 teams.
Junior Mia Tompkins (Meriden, Conn.) continued her strong start to the 2017 season and led the way for the Blue Jays at the meet. She posted her second consecutive 14th place overall finish crossing the finish line first for USJ with a time of 21:27.0 on a 6:55 pace.
Senior Mary Anderson (Granby, Conn.) was the next USJ runner to complete the course, turning in a 41st place finish. She crossed the timeline with a mark of 23:44.7. Sophomore Kristina Petit (Plainville, Conn.) followed closely behind Anderson, finishing 44th overall with a time of 23:57.5.
Senior's Jessica Jordan (Wallingford, Conn.) and Paulina Koloda (Jaroslaw, Poland) rounded out the field for the Blue Jays. Jordan recorded a 60th place finish with a time of 28:36.4, while Koloda posted a 63rd place result with a time of 30:23.3.
The Blue Jays totaled 222 points and averaged a team time of 25:37.8 around the 5K course to earn the ninth place finish. Trinity defended its home turf to win the meet, placing its top-five scoring runners all inside the top-10 and finished with 29 total points. Coast Guard (65), Eastern Conn. St. (94), Connecticut College (106) and New Haven (133) rounded out the top-5 teams. USJ finished ahead of GNAC foe Lasell (277) and Mitchell (316).
The USJ cross country team will be back in action next in a week when they head to the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday. The meet is scheduled to get under way at 11:15 a.m.