ALBANY, N.Y. – For the second time this season, the Sacred Heart women's cross country team had six runners break the 19-minute mark, all placing in the top 31 en route to a fourth place team finish at the Albany Invitational on Saturday. It is the second time this season that SHU had six women under 19 minutes as nine different Pioneers have broken 19:00 this season, which is a new program best for Sacred Heart in a single season.
Totaling 89 points, SHU was just seven points behind second place Marist and four behinds behind third place Middlebury. The hosts, Albany, won the event comfortably with a total of 30.
Shannon Hickey led the Pioneers with her fourth top eleven finish in five races this season, placing sixth with a time of 18:11.5. It was the third fastest individual time at the Albany Invitational in program history, and just five seconds off of a new personal best.
Crossing in 18:29.2, Alexandra Kaeslin ran the fourth fastest Albany Invitational time in program history. Finishing in 11th place, the senior captain was just one second shy of a new personal best.
Kelly Quinn broke the 19-minute mark for the first time in her career, cracking the top 20 with a new personal best by 20 seconds of 18:40.6. Jennifer Hahne was just was just over one second behind her, crossing 22nd in 18:41.7.
Meghan Hutch and Kate Svensen also ran personal bests en route to breaking the 19-minute mark for the first time in their careers. It was a 16 second personal best for Hutch, who finished the course in 18:55.7, and a four second personal best for Svensen with a time of 18:56.9, as the two crossed back-to-back in 30th and 31st place.
SHU has one final meet scheduled before the Northeast Conference Championships on Halloween. The Pioneers will run at the 13th Annual Central Connecticut State University Mini-Meet next Friday at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Conn. beginning at 3 pm.
SHU's seventh runner, Trista Leo, missed her personal best by just four seconds (19:24.5), while its 8th runner, Sarah Bent, improved 24 seconds on her personal best (19:29.6) and has knocked an impressive 2:19 off of her personal best over the course of the season.