ST. ALBANS, VT – Racing in the picturesque surroundings in northern Vermont, the Sacred Heart women's cross country team placed third out of four teams on Saturday in the Fall Foliage Invitational hosted by the University of Vermont. The host Vermont claimed the team victory with 18 points while the Pioneers took third with 81 team points.
- Competing in UVM's home meet for the second straight season, the Pioneers were led by senior Jacqueline Thorne who scored a Top 10 finish in back-to-back seasons in Vermont
- A year after placing seventh in the event, Thorne finished in ninth place overall with a time of 18:25 in the 5k event
- Thorne shaved more than 15 seconds off her time from last season's Fall Foliage Invitational (18:40.2), an event she placed seventh in 2018
- The season-long trend continued on Saturday as senior classmate Olivia Weiss was second-fastest on the team, finishing in 16th place overall with a time of 18:59.1
- The senior pairing of Thorne and Weiss have finished one-two, respectively, on the team leaderboard in all five meets so far in 2019
- Sophomore Gaelyn Kattman led a wave of SHU runners, placing 23rd with a time of 19:11.2
- Kattman was followed by senior Bianca De Lucia (24th, 19:18.5) and junior Kelly Arsenault (25th, 19:21) who all finished right behind one another in the overall standings
- The sixth-fastest first-year in the competition was Kaylah Grant who picked up a 29th place finish out of 83 competitors while she was also the sixth-fastest Pioneer on the day
- Junior Gabrielle Vega was the most-improved Pioneer on the day in terms of her performance from last season as she placed 31st overall with a time of 19:38.6 on Saturday, a marked improvement from her time of 20:36 from the 2018 Fall Foliage Invitational
- Plenty more Pioneers saw the course as a season-high 31 runners on the team competed
Looking to improve in the final meet before the NEC Championships, the Pioneers head back to Stanley Quarter Park for the CCSU Mini Meet on Friday, Oct. 25. This is the second time SHU will be competing at the host site of the 2019 NEC Championships which are set for Saturday, Nov. 2.