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Point Park women place 2nd at St. Vincent trailing only Pitt in team standings

Sept. 20, 2014

Kelsey Wilkins (right) and Katie Guarnaccia (right) and Point Park took 2nd behind Pitt at St. Vincent. Photo by Chris Squier.


LATROBE, Pa. -- Point Park University women's cross country finished behind only the University of Pittsburgh in placing second of 17 teams Saturday at the St. Vincent Invitational.

NCAA Division I Pitt had seven runners in the top 10 to win the team title. Point Park was next in the team standings with four runners in the top 20. The second-place showing built on the Pioneers' third-place finish last week at Penn State-Behrend.

Freshman Katie Guarnaccia, from North Allegheny High School, was one of only three runners not from Pitt to place in the top 10. She took 10th overall at 20:44 for the 5K. Jenny Brewer of Alderson-Broaddus ran away with the individual title with a time of 19:27, which was 26 seconds better than the field.

Sophomore Kelsey Wilkins finished two spots back of Guarnaccia in 12th place at 20:57. Senior Hanka Jiraskova (21:05) and sophomore Ashley Czerniewski-Hagan (21:29) were 14th and 19th, respectively. Emily Maxwell (21:55) took 27th of 125 as the Pioneers' top five were within one minute, 10 seconds of each other.

Christina Wisniewski finished in 23:22 for 52nd place, and Lindsey Palmer was 72nd at 25:25.

For complete meet results, click the link above. The Pioneers get back into action next Saturday, Sept. 27 at Lock Haven.

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