BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Running in a field of over 357 individual entrants, the Haverford College women's cross country team won the Paul Short Invitational White Race on Saturday by placing each of its scoring runners among the top 25 individuals. The Fords scored just 73 as a team to beat Eastern by over 100 placement points. The field also included several Division II schools, highlighted by East Stroudsburg who entered the meet as the fifth ranked team in its region.
Hannah Doll returned to action for the Fords and led the team to the finish line with a time of 23:14 as she placed fifth overall. Doll was just 31 seconds behind the race winner from Post. Haverford's top five finishers followed her home with a spread of just 48 seconds between them.
Izzy Miller (23:27) was the Fords' second runner across the line in the first year's first collegiate 6,000 meter race. She placed 11th overall. Griffin Kaulbach (23:46) and Sophie Drew (23:46) came across within tenths of a second of one another to snag the 17th and 18th overall finishes. Kaulbach's time was a new personal best for her in Haverford's first 6K of the season.
Hannah Yeakey was the team's fifth runner across the line in a time of 24:02. That mark put her 25th overall in the final individual standings. Right behind her was Julia Smith in 26th place with a personal-best time of 24:02. Molly Hawkins was Haverford's seventh runner in a time of 24:20, placing 34th overall. Her finish also put seven Fords across the finish line before runner-up Eastern had its fourth runner come to the finish.
Angie Petrichenko turned in a personal-best time as she crossed in 58th place with a time of 24:50 as the team's eighth finisher. Lauren Tanel cracked the top 100 overall finishers with her first 6,000 meter race resulting in a time of 25:16. Amalia Axinn placed 115th to complete Haverford's 10-runner contingent in the White Race. She finished with a time of 25:36.
Haverford also entered eight more runners in the open race which kicked off the largest cross country event in the country. Natalia Cordon placed 110th in that field with a time of 24:23. Mckenna Krall (24:52) and Jolie Jaycobs (25:13) also posted times that rivaled some of their own teammates in the White Race field.
Women's cross country kicked off three straight weekends of racing at Lehigh on Saturday. The Fords will return to competition next Saturday, October 6 when they take part in the DeSales Invitational. Racing on that course, which will also serve as the host of the Mideast Regional, will get underway at 11:30 a.m.