XC16 Runners of the Week #3

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WOMEN’S RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Yale senior Emily Waligurski (Hurley, N.Y.) and Penn senior Ashley Montgomery (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) share the award after strong showings at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday. Waligurski led her Bulldogs to the team title over the likes of Georgetown, Florida and Villanova. She was fifth overall, completing six kilometers in 20:15, a minute better than her best 6k time entering the season. Montgomery — an NCAA qualifier last fall — was second overall in 20:12, 15 seconds behind ‘Nova senior Angel Piccirillo.

WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman Erin Feeney (Scranton, Pa.) and Harvard rookie Lisa Tertsch (Darmstadt, Germany) share the first-year award. Feeney helped the Quakers take third among a strong 45-team field in the Gold race at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University. The Penn rookie — a state champion at Scranton Prep — was 36th overall in 20:43, the first Ivy freshman across the line (followed two seconds later by Cornell’s Taylor Knibb). In her Harvard debut, Tertsch has a strong 10th-place finish at the Washington Invitational at Seattle’s Jefferson Park Golf Course. Her Crimson finished third behind Washington and Oregon and ahead of Colorado State, Idaho and Washington State.

MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Columbia senior Jack Boyle (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) — a two-time All-League performer for the Lions — was the first Ivy finisher in the Gold race at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., taking sixth out of 336 runners in 23:48. In fact, not a single runner in the following races — Brown or White — ran faster which means Boyle was sixth out of more than 1,000 finishers as his Lions were fifth as a team in the 38-team event. Boyle is a product of the renown Christian Brothers Academy program.

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Connor Horn (Naperville, Ill.) was the second-fastest first-year at the 1,000-athlete Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University, finishing the eight-kilometer run in 24:20. Horn was the Big Red’s second finisher, 11 seconds behind Dominic DeLuca and two ticks ahead of James Gowans as Cornell was ninth overall.

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