The No. 2 St. Lawrence University women's cross country team won the Liberty League championship for the ninth consecutive year on Saturday in Geneva, NY. Senior Wendy Pavlus earned the individual title, the second of her career, with a time of 22:35 on the 6k course.
St. Lawrence finished with a team score of 22 points, including three of the top-4 spots. Vassar College was the runner-up with 37 points, followed by Rensselaer (87), Clarkson (132), Union (134) and race host William Smith (139).
Pavlus, the defending Division III national champion, was followed by junior Jenna Hulton in 22:41. Senior Megan Derby was fourth overall in 23:15, followed by first-year student Amanda Moreland in sixth place (23:35). Rookie Amy Cymerman then clinched the 2010 conference title, finishing in ninth place in 23:46 to cap the Saints' scoring at 22 points.
Sophomore Jackie Lemme was the next St. Lawrence finisher in 11th place, followed by junior McKayla Nuffer in 13th. The Saints' also had a pack of runners finish just outside of the top-15, as junior Melanie Solandt and first-year students Kate Powers and Ariel Beccia took spots 16-18. Rookie Kayla Vodacek and sophomore Caroline Raue then followed in 20th and 21st place, respectively.
Also running for the Scarlet and Brown at the 2010 Liberty League Championship were first-years Toria Koutras (24th) and Kelsey Leder (28th) and sophomore Elizabeth Edwards (29th).
St. Lawrence will have next week off from competition before returning to action on Saturday, November 13th at the 2010 NCAA Atlantic Regional race in Oneonta, NY. The event is set to begin at 12:00pm.