By: Jordan Cope, Sports Editor
Towson placed first in its second consecutive meet of the season at Saturday’s Delaware Invitational at White Clay Creek State Park.
“I think it’s having a year under our belts and knowing the expectations,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said. “The athletes have been training very well.”
Junior Hannah Walter led the way for the Tigers in her first career cross country meet. She won the meet’s individual title with a time of 23:13.68.
“She had run at Delaware’s course before so she knew what to expect,” Jackson said. “She has grown tremendously, and we are very excited to see what she has done.”
Finishing behind Walter was senior runner Megan Knoblock. Knoblock finished the race with a time of 23:24.84.
Freshman Erica Israel placed third in the meet with a time of 23:44.54, while sophomore Allison Marella placed fifth with a time of 24:03.35.
Rounding out the top 10 for Towson were junior runners Emily Johnson and Colleen Cook. Johnson placed eighth with a time of 24:18.81, while Cook placed ninth with a time of 24:26.38.
“Cross country is a team sport,” Jackson said. “We are just excited about the team win.”
Towson will be back in action Friday, Sept. 16, when the team travels to New York, to compete in the Br. John “Paddy” Doyle/Iona College Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park.
“We want to win no matter what,” Jackson said. “My goal at Towson is to create a vision and have the student athletes carry out that vision.”
Following the Br. John “Paddy” Doyle/Iona invitational, Towson will compete in the Paul Short Invitational and the Penn State National.
Following their last two regular season meets of the season, the Tigers will compete in the CAA Championship in Newark, Delware.