Thursday, October 3, 2013

Harper Women Sixth Among JCs at DuPage

Women's Cross Country: Team 2013
The Hawks placed sixth of 11 junior college teams at the meet. (Jim Cummins)

WARRENVILLE, Ill. – The Harper College women's cross country team had six runners compete at the College of DuPage Invitational over the weekend. The Hawks place sixth of 11 junior colleges 17th of 25 teams overall at the meet.

Marisa Andreuccetti (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Conant) led the Hawks with an 83rd place finish out of 167 runners, completing the 5K race in 23:11.7. Stephanie Chaires (Palatine, Ill./Christian Liberty) ran her first race of the season and placed 111th with a time of 24:30.2, while newcomer Mary Piltaver (/Conant) was Harper's third runner to finish with a time of 24:53.2, good for 117th place overall.

Gabby Beaupre (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) contributed to the team total with a 135th place finish in a time of 26:33.4, and Gabrielle Brosnan (Mount Prospect, Ill./Christian Liberty) rounded out the scoring with a 150th place finish in 28:47.7. Cindia Salgado (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) crossed the finish line in 30:37.2 for the Hawks.

"Now that we have everyone healthy, we'll get better every time we race," said Harper head coach Jim Macnider.

Of the junior college teams to compete, College of DuPage was the top overall finisher with a seventh place showing (236 points). Harper took sixth of the 11 junior colleges with a team total of 127 points while finishing with 434 points in the overall competition.

The University of Illinois-Chicago was the overall winner of the meet with 36 points, followed by UW-Milwaukee (38 points) and UW-Green Bay (131 points).

The Hawks will continue to train in preparation for the Benedictine Invitational on Oct. 11. 

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