(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The Walsh women's track and field team was impressive in its debut as it easily won its own Ric Sayre Invitational Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers placed seven runners in the top 10 to finish with 22 points on the day.
The women's team is currently ranked ninth in the region and is receiving votes nationally as voted on by the USTFCCCA.
Point Park was a distant second despite having the individual winner on its squad with 59 points. Mount Union was third with 61 points, followed by Ashland in fourth with 102 and Kent State-Tuscarawas in fifth with 155.
In her first regular season cross country race, five-time All-American Sarah Berger was the first of the Maroon and Gold thin clads to cross the finish line and did so with a time of 17:25.38. Fellow All-Americans Andra Lehotay and Tori Reeves followed in third and fourth place individually with times of 17:56.87 and 18:19.39 respectively.
Alexa Leppelmeier debuted with a time of 18:58.75 to place ninth individually. Katelyn Luther also had a top 10 finish with a time of 19:03.5. Maggie Kroll just mussed a top 10 finish with a time of 19:03.05.
The Cavaliers are off next weekend before they travel to South Bend, Ind., to race in the National Catholic Meet hosted by the University of Notre Dame.