Women's Cross Country Rises to 14th in National Rankings

Photo by Christian Payne
Photo by Christian Payne

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's cross country team moved up a spot and is currently ranked 14th in the latest U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. The Red Devils are also ranked second in the Mideast Region, holding the #2-spot behind national front-runner John Hopkins University.

The Red Devils had a great weekend, winning the team title at the De Sales Invitational as they previewed the course for this year's Mideast Regional Championships. Sophomore Sarah House (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) was named the Centennial Conference Runner of the Week for the second time this season, placing second overall at De Sales.

The Red Devils had five runners finish in the top 10 at De Sales, competing against over 200 runners from 25 teams. Sophomore Emma Johnston (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) was right there at the front of the pack, finishing fourth. Classmate Isabel Cardi (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) was fifth and Tessa Cassidy (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) came in seventh. Senior Lucile Ionescu (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) claimed the 10th spot.

The Red Devil men's team broke into the top 30 this week on the national poll and hold the #4-spot in the Mideast Region. Senior Eric Herrmann (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown) has been gaining momentum since the start of the season, posting individual wins at the Little Three Championships and last weekend at the De Sales Invitational.

Junior Bryce Descavish (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) placed third as four Red Devils posted top-20 finishes. First-year Christopher Scharf (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown) was just outside of the top-10, coming in at #-11 while senior Duncan Hopkins (Lancaster, Pa./JP McCaskey) finished 12th.

The Red Devils are looking forward to another strong weekend of competition, heading to New England for the Connecticut College Invitational.