Women’s Cross Country Hosts Mountaineer Invitational to Open Regular Season

Women?s Cross Country Hosts Mountaineer Invitational to Open Regular Season

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's cross country team kicked off the regular season Saturday morning as the squad hosted the 2017 Mountaineer Invitational on its home campus.

SVC did not turn in a team score with only four runners competing in the opening meet of the season. Green Mountain College claimed the team title for the women's 5000 meter race.

The grueling, mountainside course made for a challenging start to the year, but it was complemented by mid-60 degree temperatures, no humidity, and a pleasant breeze for the participants and spectators.

Southern Vermont is back in action next Saturday, September 9 when the team heads slightly north for the Castleton University Invitational.

Three of the four Mountaineer runners were competing collegiately for the first time to set brand-new personal bests. Leading the way for SVC was freshman Emily Ikonen (Hubbardston, Mass.) who came through at 26:50.

She was followed by senior Lexia Gillette (Pittsfield, Mass.) who posted a 28:07 in her first-ever cross country race. Southern Vermont junior Morgan Kaeppel (Vernon, Vt.) was the third Mountaineer to cross the finish line—doing so with a time of 30:53.

Southern Vermont College
17th – Emily Ikonen: 26:50 (PR)
24th – Lexia Gillette: 28:07 (PR)
40th – Morgan Kaeppel: 30:53
53rd – Faith Sullivan: 37:08 (PR)