SWANNANOA, NC – Presbyterian College’s Sally Hart led the women’s cross country team with a time of 19:57 at the Asheville Invitational on Saturday, becoming just the third runner in program history to break the 20-minute barrier.
Hart (Raleigh, NC) impressively ran the fourth fastest time in program history in her first collegiate attempt. The freshman finished 20th overall and helped lead PC to a fifth place showing.
The rest of the Blue Hose top-5 finished within 30 seconds of each other. Freshman Ripley Fricano (Atlanta, Ga) ran a PR of 21:06 (28th). A few steps back, senior Hayley McCoy (Chapin, SC) finished with a collegiate-best 21:11 (29th) and sophomore Bea DiBona (Charleston, SC) ran 21:13 (30th). Junior Sarah Jennings (Lexington, SC) rounded out the scoring at 21:42 (33rd). Also competing for PC, Hydia Green (Union, SC) finished 37th at 22:59, and Abby Waldron (Clinton, SC) finished 46th at 25:48.
UNC-Asheville won the women’s 5k title with a team score of 23 points and average time of 18:57. The Blue Hose finished fifth with 140 points and an average 5k of 21:02. Western Carolina’s Kaitlyn Lingard won the women’s 5k with a time of 18:18.
Presbyterian College finished fifth of eight teams with 140 points and an average 5k of 21:02.
The Blue Hose will take a week off before returning to race at the Upstate Invitational / Big South Preview Meet at Milliken on October 3.