JOLIET, Ill. – The Harper College women's cross country team bested Joliet in the Region IV Championship on Saturday to take top honors among Div. III schools. Including the Div. I teams that had enough runners to earn a team score, the Hawks placed sixth out of nine teams.
In the Div. III results, the Hawks scored 23 points to beat Joliet, who scored 33 points. Counting the nine teams, the Hawks scored 133 points. College of DuPage was the overall meet winner (44 points), followed by Waubonsee Community College (51 points) and College of Lake County (97 points).
Stephanie Chaires (Palatine, Ill./Christian Liberty) was Harper's first finisher, completing the 5K course in 21:30 for a 16th place finish out of 62 total runners. Mary Piltaver (/Conant) came across the finish line in 22:38 as the Hawks' second runner.
She was followed closely by Marisa Andreuccetti (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Conant), who took 24th in a time of 22:41. Lori Delfin (/Wheeling) came in next with a time of 23:14, good for 34th place. Gabby Beaupre (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) rounded out the top five with a time of 25:23, good for 42nd place. Cindia Salgado (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) took 44th place in a time of 26:56.
The fifth-ranked Hawks leave Thursday for the NJCAA Championships in Northfield, Mass.