Women's Cross Country Wins Pat Thomas Invitational

Women's Cross Country Wins Pat Thomas Invitational



RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's cross country team claimed first place at the second annual Pat Thomas Invitational on Saturday.

The Quakers claimed the top four spots to finish with 18 team points. Anderson University took second with 47 points while Indiana University Northwest finished third with 75 points.

"One of our goals throughout the race is to know ourselves and race for ourselves," Co-Head Cross Country Coach Rob Hewitt said. "If we're going to finish high in the conference, we need to know ourselves."

Freshman Ellie Haland won the four-kilometer race with a time of 17:05.4. Junior Rachel Wilkins finished runner-up individually with a time of 17:17.1 while freshman Mairead Blatner (17:53.8) and junior Leah Johnson (18:04.4) took third and fourth respectively.

Freshman Jasmine Lorenzana (18:36.4), junior Gabrielle Abrams (18:54.0) and sophomore Vi Tran (19:04.9) also earned the Quakers team points by finishing eighth, 10th and 11th respectively.

This year marks the 31st year an invitational has been run on the College's campus. The Earlham Invitational (1987-2015) was named the Pat Thomas Invitational (2016-Pres.) after 29-year head cross country coach Pat Thomas.

"Pat [Thomas] started a great culture here for those who wanted to run," said Hewitt. "We are trying to continue that as well as putting our own mark on the program. We want to keep Pat has connected to the program as possible."

Earlham has a week off before traveling to the Inter-Regional Boarder Battle hosted by Rowan University (New Jersey) on October 14.