Copyright 2016; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo of the team at the start of the UD Invite, taken by Frank Stallworth.
NEWARK, Del. - - The hot and humid weather had the final say at the University of Delaware Invitational on Saturday, but the women made the most of it and finished fifth overall before the men's event was cancelled due to heat at the White Clay Creek State Park.
The Wildcats earned 150 points overall, finishing ahead of Millersville in the six-team event. NCAA Division I Towson took the event with 19 points followed by host Delaware with 43. NCAA Division III Elizabethtown earned 80 points for third followed by Bryan Mawr with 125.
Senior Christina Czajkowski led the Wildcats with a 51st place finish, earning 27 points for the team. She finished the 6K meet in 28:16.91. Junior Rachel Jones finished 55th overall and earned the team 28 points in a time of 28:22.63. Gabrielle Brown took 58th overall and earned the team 30 points with a time of 28:47.59.
Graduate student Joelle Prettyman was the fourth finisher for the Wildcats in 64th overall, earning 32 points with a time of 29:19.17. Sophomore Tori Vickers rounded out the Wildcats scoring on Saturday, finishing 70th overall and earning 33 points with a time of 29:44.38.
Emily Kockott finished 73rd overall with a time of 29:59.17 while sophomore Tara Langan finished 75th overall in 30:05.87. Junior Nicole Brevoort finished 77th overall in 30:26.30 while Tori Crawford rounded out the Wildcats on the course with a time of 36:33.59.
Towson's sophomore Hannah Walter earned the individual honors with a first place finish, beating the field with a time of 23:13.68.
The Wildcats are back in action next weekend when they head to New England to take part in the biggest East Regional even during the regular season. The Wildcats will take part in the Bruce Kirsch Cup hosted by Franklin Pierce at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, the site of the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship later this fall. The women will begin the event at 10:00 a.m.