Lady harriers win PSAC title

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Kasey Jones (above, center) finished third in Saturday’s PSAC Cross Country Championships at Mansfield University, earning All- PSAC honors for herself and helping Edinboro’s women’s cross country team claim its first conference title since 2006.
Scots returns to PSAC glory

By Drew Patrick
Contributing Writer/Spectator

MANSFIELD – The cross country postseason got underway on Saturday with the PSAC Championships at Mansfield University. The Edinboro women’s cross country team dominated the day.

However, the men’s race was first and the Scots got off to a quick start with two runners in the top seven. Matt Link and Elliott Martynkiewicz finished third and fifth respectively, with times of 24:43.8, and 24:45.2 on the 8K course.  With the finish, Link and Martynkiewicz received All-PSAC honors.

Other finishers for the men’s team include, sophomore Jonathan Gusew, who finished 22nd with a time of 25:23.9, while Tim McConnell was 25th at 25:38.2. They received second-team All-PSAC honors, and the fifth and final male harrier from Boro was Logan Kempney, who came in 35th with a time of 26:00.

The team finished with 86 points, placing third in the team competition. Lock Haven took the PSAC title with an impressive 38 points, which included five runners in the top nine, and Shippensburg finished second with 58 points.

“We knew we were probably third,” head cross country coach Rick Hammer stated about the men’s team.

“We had some talent up front, but we felt like we were only six guys deep and we were in for a challenge. Unfortunately we had a guy not make it to the finish line who is our three runner but, our six runner ran third for us so I was proud of him. We just had a couple things go wrong.

“We needed to run a perfect race to really contend, and we did not run perfect but they’re little things we can fix before regionals.”

In the woman’s race senior Kasey Jones finished third with a time of 21:31.3 on the 6K course and led the way as Edinboro’s next four runners finished in the top 16. Anna Hosel finished with a time of 22:00.0, crossing the line in eighth place. Emily Ahrens earned All-PSAC honors for the third time as the senior finished 11th with a time of 22:07.6.

Also, Emma Sullivan finished 14th with a time of 22:12.4 and Megan Maffett was the fifth Edinboro AllPSAC performer as the senior took 16th place with a time of 22:17.0.

The women finished with 52 points taking home the PSAC championship. Bloomsburg finished second with 71 points followed by Shippensburg with 127.

“Coming in we were the favorite on paper,” Hammer said of the women’s team. “I thought we had a very good chance if we just went out and did what we did. We were very good through five and they all showed up today and proved it today with all five in the top 16. I was very proud of this team.”

Senior Kasey Jones talked about capping off her career with a conference championship.

“It feels pretty awesome. As a senior it feels good putting in the work for three years and finally getting it. It is amazing, we have a really good team behind us.”

Fellow senior Emily Ahrens added to Jones’ sentiment.

“It is good for the morale of the team going forward.” Jones, who led the group of five runners who earned AllPSAC honors from Edinboro’s women’s team, was struggling for words when talking about it.

“I cannot even explain the feeling of finishing and seeing the entirety of your team behind you. You all get to celebrate and be tired all at once.”

The Scots will now prepare for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Championships, which will be held at Slippery Rock on Nov. 22.

Drew Patrick is the contributing writer for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com