Complete Women's Results
STATE COLLEGE, PA. - Buoyed by the return of Leslie Kovach and Kersie Jhabvala, the women's cross country team finished seventh out of 29 squads at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday morning.
Kovach was the Penn's best finisher, placing 20th with a time of 22:05. Margaret Diacont came in second for the Quakers, finishing 47th in 22:50. Lauren Kester continued to shine in her freshman season as she ran the course in 23:08 to finish 62nd overall. Jhabvala and Chelsea Delaney both finished in 23:28, Jhabvala earning 79th while Delaney came in at 81st overall.
Head coach Blake Boldon was mostly pleased with the effort he saw in his team. "I think it was a race that showed our progress. We have to be good before we can be great and we were very good today. We're hoping that we're great in two weeks."
Boldon was quick to point out two runners that stood out in his mind. "Leslie was tentative early on in my opinion, but her last two miles were probably as good as anyone else's in the whole race, and Lauren Kester continues to have an amazing year. She's as tough as nails and for her to be just a freshman is a tremendous thing for our program."
Three runners will be participating in tomorrow's Princeton Invitational. Sophomore Christine Cohick and freshmen Mia Spinelli and Pauline Dabrowski will get the first look at the course that will host the Heptagonal Championships in two weeks. Race time tomorrow is 10:30 a.m.