Women's Cross Country Places 30th at Paul Short

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BETHLEHEM, PA. - Missing some key runners and facing a field that included a number of national powers, the women's cross country team managed to beat out 15 other schools in the 38th annual Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University.

Junior Margaret Diacont, racing near her hometown of Nazareth, Pa.,was the top finisher for the Quakers, running the 6k course in 22:32 to finish 125th out of nearly 400 competitors. Moments later, freshman Lauren Kester came across, wrapping up her day's work in 22:36, 132nd overall.

"Lauren Kester is just beginning to grasp how good she can be for us," said head coach Blake Boldon. "It's a good step in the process for her to be able to follow Margaret Diacont for basically the entire race."

Continuing their string of strong early-season performances, senior Laura Steel (22:57, 176th)and sophomore Chelsea Delaney (23:20, 212th)were next across the line. Freshman Ariel Beauregard-Breton, running just her second career race, was the final Penn scorer, finishing at 23:27 for 228th overall.

The Quakersraced without both Leslie Kovach and Kersie Jhabvala, held out of today's event as the team preps for the Penn State National Invitational, held on October 14, and the Heptagonal Championships.