Cornerstone U Women - Albus leads Women’s XC to second place finish at Vanderbilt Invitational
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HOLLAND, Mich. - The Cornerstone Women's Cross Country team opened the 2017 season with a second place finish at the Vanderbilt Invitational hosted by Hope College. While the course at Ridgepoint Church is not particularly fast, quality summer training and cooler weather resulted in personal best times for three Golden Eagles.
From the start of the 5-kilometer event, freshman Sierra Albus, sophomore Kelli Smith, and junior Valerie Richter positioned themselves just behind the lead pack of Hope runners. An aggressive second mile and strong finish brought the trio home in second, sixth and seventh.
Albus' strong kick in the final 400 meters took her from fifth to second with a time of 18:50. Smith lowered her best time to 18:59 for sixth, with Richter also setting a PR one spot back at 19:16. Sophomores Rachel Gohn (21:20) and Katya Bohatch (21:44) claimed 35th and 41st to secure second place. Junior, Jessie Langmeyer also recorded a personal best, finishing 43rd with a time of 21:48.
Hope won the meet with 21 points. Cornerstone's 60 points put them in second, while Davenport finished third with an 87. Calvin, Muskegon Community College and Grace Bible rounded out the field at fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.
CU's next meet will take place next Saturday at the Knight Invitational at Calvin College.