MILTON – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Cross Country team raced to a third place finish on Friday at the New Paltz Invitational. Lauren Desrats led the Knights who finished with a team total of 73 points.
Competing in her second career race and her first career 6K event, Desrats raced to a ninth place overall finish in a field of 27 runners. Desrats completed the 6K circuit at the Hudson Valley SportsDome in a time of 30:47.70.
Priya Patel turned in a strong run and was the Mount’s second finisher, crossing the finish line in 14th place overall. She made her way around the course in a time of 33:21.00 for the Knights. Cameron Villanueva, also running her first career 6K race, was the Mount’s third finisher. She placed 16th overall in a time of 34:22.30.
Rounding out the Mount’s top-five on Friday were Alyssa Millburn and Joanne Kubat. Running in her first career race, Millburn posted a time of 34:51.80, good for the 18th position overall. Kubat came home in the 20th position, running a time of 37:13.0.
Jessica Kerrigan and Nicole Villachica also turned in strong runs for the Knights. Kerrigan placed 23rd in a time of 44:41.70 with Villachica completing the race in the 27th position.
The host Hawks won the team title with 16 points with New Paltz taking the top four positions in the race. Clara Flores-Reininger won the race for the Hawks with a time of 24:50.70.
Following Friday’s strong run, the Knights will return to the course at the SportsDome on September 26 for their second of three home meets.