Jones, freshmen help Edinboro lady harriers finish third

By Tyler Trumbauer
Edinboro women's cross country finished third with help from Emily Ahrens and others.

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

Freshman normally don’t get much respect on a college campus.

The newest members of the Edinboro women’s cross country team, however, are becoming respected individuals, especially by their elders.

“The freshmen coming in are really awesome,” said junior Kasey Jones, who qualified for nationals in 2013. “They make me really excited for this season.”

Jones was ecstatic after running a 17:38, a new personal record, in the Doug Watts Open Invitational this past Saturday at the Doug Watts Cross Country Course.

Jones’ time was good enough to place her second in the individual competition losing only to Delainey Phelps of Ashland University, who ran a 17:37 on the 5K course.

The respected freshmen were sprinkled all throughout the race. Rebekkah Bond finished 28th, Kaitlyn Daubert took 57th, Eve Gardner took 86th and Erin O’Brien was the 87th runner to cross the finish line.

As a team, the Fighting Scots finished third with a total of 51 points. Oberlin College won the team title with 45 points and Ashland University, had 50 points, finishing second. Indiana University  of Pennsylvania, Clarion University, Bethany College and Thiel College also competed. Individuals from the Community College of Allegheny County and Penn State DuBois competed, as well. 

Other Edinboro harriers that contributed to the team total were sophomore Emma Sullivan (18:01), junior Anna Hosl (18:19), senior Emily Ahrens (18:50), Bond (19:52), Daubert (21:12) and senior Laura Sweeney (22:22).

Jones, who individually has the potential for a tremendous season, also can’t wait to see how this season pans out for the ladies, especially after Saturday.

“These girls are going to do even better than people think in the region and the PSAC [Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference]. I’m really excited for this season. They all work hard, they lay it all out at practice and we integrated abdominal workouts this year and that, I think, is really helping out.”

The Fighting Scots will be putting all of their training to use as they have the Edinboro Rag Relays this Saturday, which is the final competition at home for the team. The following Saturday Edinboro competes in the Iona Meet of Champions at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached sports.spectator@gmail.com