Women’s cross country finishes fourth in Metro Championships

October 7, 2012

NYU women’s cross country competed at the Metro Championship on Friday, Oct. 5. The Violets came in fourth out of 12 teams after completing a 5K race at Van Cortlandt Park.

Senior Kirsten Keller had the best finish for the Violets, coming in sixth of 123 runners with a time of 18:58.88.

Senior captain Georgina Norton recorded a personal best, finishing with a time of 19:17.42 for 13th place. Right behind Norton in 14th place was junior Emily Cousens with a time of 19:19.78.

Freshmen Lily Corsaro and Louisa Warwick had a good showing for NYU, as they were the last two point scorers. Corsaro placed 31st, finishing in 20:01.10, and Warwick placed 35th with a time of 20:05.55.

“I think we ran pretty well considering how hot and humid it was for the first week in October,” Norton said. “The team finished higher than last year, but we were close to third and would have liked to have been up there.”

The Violets, currently ranked 29 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association DIII Top 35 Poll, was the only DIII team competing at Metro.

The top three teams were Columbia University with 18 points, Rutgers University with 66 points and Fordham University with 79 points. NYU scored 84 points, finishing well ahead of fifth place Wagner College with 192 points.

The Columbia Lions captured all three medal positions at the Metro Championship, with senior Mallory Anderson finishing first with a time of 18:14.99. All together, six Lions finished in the top 10 of the race.

“Oberlin next weekend will be a good matchup against some of the strongest teams in the country and will really show us what we need to fine tune in the final weeks of the season,” Norton said.

Women’s cross country will compete at the Oberlin Invitational next weekend in Oberlin, Ohio.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 8 print edition. Mary Jane Dumankaya is a deputy sports editor. Email her at mdumankaya@nyunews.com. 

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