SU sports: Cross country claims team title

Cross Country claims team title at Dickinson Short Invitational, with the SU women edging the Red Devils by two points.

The Shippensburg University women’s cross country team ventured up the road to Newville Saturday to compete in Dickinson College’s Short Invitational, a 4K held at Big Spring High School. The Raiders put three finishers in the Top 5 as they edged the host Red Devils for the team title.

Shippensburg used Saturday’s meet to focus on speed work, opting to compete in the 4K race instead of the morning “Long Invitational” 6K. Due to Dickinson conducting meets of two different lengths, only the Top 3 finishers per team counted toward the final standings.

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How it happened

SU narrowly edged Dickinson’s top finishers, placing 2-3-5 while the hosts finished 1-4-7. Senior Kyra Gerber (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) placed second, running 15:00, and junior Isabelle Gulgert (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) took third and was just five seconds behind. Graduate Lyndsey Payne (Mansfield, Pa./North-Penn Mansfield (Mansfield)) crossed the line fifth in 15:17. Dickinson’s Isabel Cardi won the race in 14:32.

Freshman Sadie Hostler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg Area) and senior Jade Fry (Harveys Lake, Pa./Lake-Lehman) posted Top 40 finishes for the Raiders. Hostler crossed the finish line with a time of 16:50, while Fry posted a time of 16:56.


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Shippensburg (1st, 10 points)

2. Kyra Gerber 15:00
3. Isabelle Gulgert 15:05
5. Lyndsey Payne 15:17
37. Sadie Hostler 16:50
39. Jade Fry 16:56
51. Sydney Morgan 17:16
56. Shelby Hay 17:22
60. Amanda LaVana 17:27
72. Lydia Heisey 17:55
96. Taylor Thomas 18:37
114. Laura Laughlin 19:24
116. Annabel Koza 19:30

The Raiders trained this weekend with the focus to get ready for next week’s Paul Short Invitational, hosted Friday by Lehigh in Bethlehem. The meet is an annual signature on the calendar in which the team can gauge its status just a few weeks shy of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships.