By Patrick Horan
(Westminster, Md.) - The Dickinson women's cross-country team ran to third place at Saturday's Centennial Conference Championship, hosted by McDaniel.
The Red Devils finished 13 points behind second place Haverford and behind defending conference champion, Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays came into this race ranked #1 in the country and the Fords were ranked 17th. The Devils held the 19th spot in the most recent poll, making their showing this weekend an impressive one.
The Red Devils were led by seniors Sara Patterson (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) and Emily Miller (Lehnartsville, Pa./Kutztown Area) who placed 10th and 12th, respectively, to earn Second-team All-Centennial Conference honors.
Also earning All-Conference honors with a 14th place finish was junior Sarah Rutkowski (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven). Just missing out on the top 14 was classmate Molly Thorne (Towson, Md./Towson), who locked up 15th place with a time of 23:54.
Crossing the line behind Rutkowski and Thorne, and rounding out the top seven, were sophomore Mackenzie Shelgren (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional, senior Maeva Riley (Oakland, Calif./Saint Mary's College) and sophomore Claire Brawdy (Eden, N.Y./Eden), who took home 18th, 20th and 21st, respectively.
Shelgren improved on her 2012 placing significantly, having come in 32nd a year ago, while Riley came full circle, having competed in the junior varsity race last fall. Brawdy's race marks a return to the solid form she showed early in the season.
The individual title was taken home by Holly Clarke of Johns Hopkins, who covered the 6k course in 22:22.
Next on tap for the Red Devils is the NCAA Mideast Regional hosted by Lehigh University.