Women runners take fifth place at USCAA nationals

Penn State Worthington Scranton's Lady Lions captured 5th place in what was announced as the largest cross-country championship event in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's (USCAA) history, held Nov. 10 and 11 in Lake Placid, NY.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Worthington Scranton's Lady Lions' cross country team has finished in the Top Five, after finishing third in 2008; and second in both 2009 and 2010.

Amber Martin led the women's team, placing 15th overall and covering the 6K, snow-covered cross country ski trails of Mt. Von Hoevenburg in 27:07. Diana Kloss and Breanna Toolan finished second and third for our campus' team, in 31st and 36th place respectively.

Kelly Lucas, Kassia Gallant, Brooke Reynolds, and Ashley Pasqualichio rounded out Worthington Scranton's top seven. Harmony Vitali, Heather Dyser, Rachel Barrouk, and Caitlin Kelly also turned in strong performances.

At the USCAA annual awards banquet, held the evening of Nov. 10, Diana Kloss was named to the USCAA All-Academic Cross Country Team for the second consecutive year.

Team scores were: Southern Virginia, 32; Suny ESF, 50; St. Mary's of the Woods, 84; Paul Smiths College, 120; PSWS, 160; Spalding University, 168; Robert Morris University, 178; NHTI, 193; Washington Adventist, 250; Lindenwood Bellview, 257; and Suny Canton, 258.

The Worthington Scranton's men's cross country team also traveled to Lake Placid to compete and placed 13th overall.

J.J. Nicastro led the men's team, running the 8K in 31:26. Chas Bryant, Ty Evans, Jeffry Escalante, Sean Casey, Michale Bouselli, and Colin Parker followed.

Team scores were: Suny ESF, 48; Dine college, 58; Spalding University, 74; Paul Smiths College, 97; Suny Canton, 120; Lindenwood, 195; Penn College, 217; Southern VA, 223; NHTI, 243; Unity College, 280; Navajo Tech, 299; Marygrove College, 328; PSWS, 338; Washington Adventist, 418; and Nashua Community College, 442.