O'Reilly Sets Pace For Women's Cross Country In UMass Dartmouth Invitational

O'Reilly Sets Pace For Women's Cross Country In UMass Dartmouth Invitational

DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  Senior Emily Bryson’s winning time of 17:54.59 propelled Brandeis to the team title at the 46th Annual UMass Dartmouth Women’s Cross Country Invitational that took place on the Robert Dowd Course Saturday afternoon, as the Judges topped runner-up Trinity and third place Merrimack in the event.

Bryson bested WPI junior Sydney Packard (18:14.66) by nearly 20 seconds over the 5K layout for the top individual honor, as Brandeis also received a fourth place finish from freshman Jac Guerra (18:21.36) in recording 55 points.  Merrimack junior Katherine Ferrara posted a third place time of 18:19.44, while American International senior Ivy Chepyegon was fifth in a time of 18:24.28.

Trinity junior Samantha Feenstra recorded a sixth place time of 18:28.44, while the Suffolk junior tandem of Emily Manfra and Emma Weisse followed at 18:28.75 and 18:29.78.  Keene State junior Lauren Perkowski and Merrimack sophomore Kate Fisher rounded out the top 10 with respective times of 18:46.49 and 18:48.54.

Trinity (105) bested Merrimack by two points for second place in the final team standings, while WPI (127) and Wellesley (225) rounded out the top five.  Holy Cross (250), East Stroudsburg (340), Springfield (350), Mount Holyoke (427) and Franklin Pierce (448) followed in the 6-10 spots.

UMass Dartmouth posted a 33rd place team finish on its home course, as junior Jessica O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) was 35th with a time of 19:34.48.  Sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) and junior Victoria Spitaels (West Newton, Mass.) were next for the Corsairs with times of 21:23.02 and 21:19.12 that were good for 157th and 164th place, respectively, while freshman Alexa Van Voorhis (Raynham, Mass.) and sophomore Jennifer Jackson (Harwich, Mass.) rounded out the hosts’ scoring with respective 215th and 232nd place times of 22:48.19 and 23:22.51.

UMass Dartmouth heads up to Boston next Saturday morning to compete in the Codfish Bowl Invitational at Franklin Park beginning at 10:00 am.

(Photo Credit:  Rainier Almonte '20)