Carlow freshman Amanda Espy competed with the top runners in the region Saturday, Sept. 30, finishing fourth in the Chatham University Invitational.
The only three runners who finished ahead of Espy, who ran 24:46.16 in the 6K, compete for NCAA DI and DII institutions. In fact, the Oil City, Pa. native was the only runner to finish in the top 20 of the 46-runner field who was not from an DI or DII school.
Julie Friend, of California University Pennsylvania, won the race with a time of 24:04.92. Alyson Pierce (24:05.15) and Emily Phillips (24:34.40) of Pitt came in second and third, respectively.
After Espy, Chatham’s Taylor Medwid was the next small school runner to cross the finish line, at the 21st position in 26:19.75.
Larissa Kijowski (FR/Dayton, Pa.) ran 27:23.95 to finish 29th. Leanne Glaub (SR/West Seneca, N.Y.) ran 29:53.64. Olivia Miller (FR/Bolivar, Pa.) ran 29:54.12, Hannah Thornton (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) ran 30:16.88, Megan Horgan (SO/Bethel Park, Pa.) ran 30:44.87 and Lea Chwilka (SR/Coraopolis, Pa.) ran 31:37.64.
Cal U.-Pa. won the the team title, with a score of 18 and an average time of 24:52.32. Chatham took second with 58 points and an average time of 27:21.92. Carlow placed third, with a score of 68 and an average time of 28:26.95. Non-scoring teams were Pitt and Robert Morris.
The Celtics next run on Carlow’s homecoming weekend, with a 10am start time Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Carnegie Mellon University Invitational.