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Pioneers place fourth at Waynesburg, Austin places 11th, Dill 12th

Sept. 12, 2009

WAYNESBURG, Pa. - The Point Park women's cross country team a strong showing at the Waynesburg Invitational Saturday by placing fourth of eight teams.


The fourth-place finish is just short of the best team finish in school history. The Pioneers were third at last year's Pitt-Greensburg Invitational to post the best women's finish at Point Park.

"Both teams ran extremely well," said Point Park's fifth-year coach Jim Irvin. "This was the best both teams have looked in five years. It's great to see a fourth-place finish on the women's side, and every men's runner improved their times from last week by at least one minute."

Dill at Waynesburg

Point Park sophomores Sarah Austin (Sweet Valley/Lake-Lehman) and Lindsay Dill (Erie/McDowell) each placed in the top 15 to pace the women's squad. Austin finished in 11th place while Dill was right behind in 12th place.

The Pioneers' top five placements also included Makenzie Smith (Butler/Butler), Carina Jollie (Pittsburgh/Oakland Catholic) and Leah Bubeck (Moon/Moon Area).

"Carina Jollie was our fourth finisher today," added Irvin. "and her performance has made our team a lot stronger."

The women's race was a 6K instead of the usual 5K, so the times cannot be easily compared to other meets.

The Pioneers did not enter the Waynesburg Invitational until early last week. Irvin added the meet to make up for the fact that his team had to withdraw from the St. Vincent Invitational Sept. 26 due to the Pittsburgh Summit. Because of the international event, Point Park will be closed Sept. 23-27.

Point Park competes in the Penn State-Behrend Invitational Saturday. The women's race is at 11 a.m. with the men's race to follow.

Pictured above: Lindsay Dill accepts her award for placing in the top 15