PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - With two of its leading runners on the sidelines, the women's cross country team gutted out an 11th place finish at the NCAA East Regional on Saturday. Freshman Ariel Beauregard-Breton continued her steady progression, running a season-best time of 23:07.6 to finish 43rd.
"Ariel did a tremendous job today. With Leslie (Kovach) and Laura (Steel) sitting this race out, we had to have girls push themselves out of their comfort zones and Ariel was the prime example of that," said head coach Blake Boldon. "This was the kind of rebound we were hoping for after Heps."
Kersie Jhabvala was the second Quaker to cross the finish line, finishing the course in 23:30.1 and in 57th place. Margaret Diacont and Lauren Kester wrapped up within moments of each other; Diacont in 23:57.8 (73rd) and Kester in 23:59.1 (74th). Chelsea Delaney rounded out the scoring for Penn in 24:10.6 to finish 86th.
Traveling with seven runners, Christy Cohick (24:26.1, 103rd) and Veronica Salcido (24:32.3, 106th) were the othermembers of the Penn squad.
"We overcame a lot of adversity today, both from things we knew going in and things that happened out on the course. We knew we were down two runners, but also Margaret was under the weather for much of the week and Christy lost a shoe within the first 400 meters of the race and still beat almost half the field," added Boldon. "On top of that, the lead vehicle took a wrong turn and added 800 meters to the race. To the kids' credit, they never flinched and we have quite a bit to be proud of heading into the indoor track season."