Ella Martin led from start to finish for her first collegiate cross country win and St. Lawrence University's women's cross country team placed all five of its scorers in the top ten to add the team title in the 21st annual Ronald C. Hoffmann Invitational on the St. Lawrence campus Saturday.
Martin and Julia Nikonorova of the University of Ottawa established an early lead on the field and ran with a short separation throughout the 6 kilometer course. Martin held off a late charge by Nikonorova to take the individual title, winning in 22:27.80 with Nikonorova second in 22:30.10.
Junior Amy Cymerman was third overall and the second scorer for the Saints in 22:44.9 on a wet course while classmate Ariel Beccia was sixth in 23:16.30, grad student Lizzy Edwards finished eighth in 23:30.4 and first-year Margaret MacDonald completed the Saint scoring with a tenth place finish in 23:51.0.
The Saints, ranked seventh in the most recent NCAA Division III national poll finished with 28 points in the seven-team event with Cortland second with 61 followed by the University of Ottawa with 84, the Ottawa Lions with 90 and Clarkson with 129. SUNY Canton was sixth with 174 points and Potsdam State finished seventh with 196.
MacDonald led a pack of four Saint finishers which included sophomore Anne Martino in 11th in 23:54.20 and senior Jackie Lemme in 12th in 23:56.50 to complete SLU's top seven. Senior Caroline Raue finished 13th in 23:58.7.
Other Saint finishers included Anna Rabideau in 21st in 24:34.0, Kelsey Leder in 23rd in 24:46.5, Toria Koutras in 35th in 25:34.5, Jenny Van Ooyen 42nd in 26:00.5, Andrea Maynard 48th in 26.29.7, Katie Mannix 51st in 26:38.6 and Madeline Woods was 53rd in 26.51.3. Kendra Sultzer finished 59th in 27:15.9 with Emily von Loesecke 60th in 27:26.10, Laurel Hurd was 68th in 28:23.4, Courtney Mullen finished 73rd in 29:28.7 and Chloe McElliogott was 84th in 31:36.0.
The Saints are now off until the NYSCTC Cross Country Championship at Nazareth on Oct. 20.