The Carlow women’s cross country team opened the season at the Saint Vincent College Early Bird Invitational on Friday, Aug. 31.
Amanda Espy (SO/Oil City, Pa.) finished third overall, with a time of 26:32.54 for an 8:32 pace in the 6K race. Larissa Kijowski (SO/Dayton, Pa.) finished fifth, in 26:52.78.
Saint Vincent freshmen Emma Andrasko (25:17.55) and Laura Aston (26:00.58) finished first and second, respectively.
Saint Vincent scored 20 points with an average time of 26:38.04. Carlow scored 41 points with an average time of 28:09.67. Westmoreland County Community College rounded out the field, but had just three runners and no team score.
The rest of Carlow’s finishers were Clare Brown (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) at 13th in 28:50.27, Rachel Jones (FR/Holbrook, Pa.) at 14th in 28:52.51, Olivia Miller (SO/Bolivar, Pa.) at 16th in 29:40.26, Megan Horgan (JR/Bethel Park, Pa.) at 19th in 32:27.99, Katie Winter (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) at 20th in 32:34.50, and Gabby Kluger (Yorktown Heights, Pa.) at 22nd in 35:29.46.
The Celtics will be familiar with the course for their next meet. They return for the Saint Vincent College Invitational on Sept. 15.