St. Lawrence University senior Wendy Pavlus finished in 22nd place overall on Friday in the gold race at the 2010 Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA. The Tupper Lake, NY native's finish is the best in St. Lawrence history at the multi-divisional event, which featured some of the premier Division I teams in the country.
Pavlus raced the 6k course in 21:06 to land a top-25 finish, leading the Saints' women's cross country team to 27th place out of 41 schools. St. Lawrence was the lone Division III institution in the gold race and finished ahead of several prominent Division I schools including Binghamton, Duquesne, the University of Tennessee and Villanova.
Junior Jenna Hulton clocked in at 22:05 for 91st place, followed by senior Meg Derby (152nd) in 22:43. First-year students Amanda Moreland and Ariel Beccia capped the team's scoring at 700 points, finishing in 200th and 235th place, respectively, behind times of 23:09 and 23:32.
Meanwhile, sophomore Jackie Lemme and rookie Kelsey Leder completed the team's top-7, finishing in 296th and 308th place. First-year student Amy Cymerman (327th) and juniors McKayla Nuffer (339th) and Melanie Solandt (350th) also raced for St. Lawrence on Friday.
Georgetown University won the team title with an impressive 34 points, picking up three top-6 finishes. The University of Viriginia was second followed by James Madison, Cornell University and Columbia University. Georgetown's Emily Infeld won the individual crown with a time of 20:04, six seconds ahead of Colgate's Elise DeRoo.
The Saints will return to Canton and prepare to host the annual Ronald C. Hoffmann Invitational next Saturday, October 9. The women's race is slated to begin at 12:45pm.