Espy, Celtics place second at Early Bird Invitational

Kristin Seamon -


The Carlow women’s cross country team opened its season with a second-place finish at the Saint Vincent College Early Bird Invitational on Friday, Sept. 1.

Amanda Espy (FR/Oil City, Pa.) had an impressive collegiate debut, finishing in second place overall in the 6K race, with a time of 24:42.623.

Margaret Czapski, of Saint Vincent, was the winner, with a time of 24:40.943. She topped a field of 36 runners from four schools, which were rounded out by Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) and University of Pittsburgh -Greensburg.

St. Vincent was the team winner, scoring 21 points. Carlow scored 58 points, posting an average time of 28:07.52. WCCC scored 63 points and Pitt-Greensburg 107.

The Celtics’ future appeared bright, as the top four Carlow finishers were freshmen. Larissa Kijowski (FR/Dayton, Pa.) finished 13th (27:53.827), Olivia Miller (FR/Bolivar, Pa.) finished 17th (28:54.303) and Hannah Thornton (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished 18th (28:55.807).

Rounding out the scoring for Carlow were Leanne Glaub (JR/West Seneca, N.Y.) at 22nd in 30:11.073, Megan Horgan (SO/Bethel Park, Pa.) at 23rd in 30:29.287, and Gabby Kluger (JR/Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) at 25th in 31:19.567.

The Celtics next run at the Penn State Greater Allegheny Invitational on Sept. 16, at 10am. 

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