GREENVILE, SC - The Belmont Abbey Women's Cross Country team kicked off its season today, finishing in ninth place out 18 non-Division I teams at the Furman XC Invite in Greenville, SC. The Crusaders finished in fourth place among the Conference Carolinas teams present at the race.
Freshman Hannah Zenker led the Crusaders with a 23:53.73 race, good enough for 29th out of 164 runners from non-Division 1 institutions. Up next for the Abbey was freshman Annie Hetzel, who also earned a top-50 finish, as she clocked a time of 24:24.41.
Sophomore Julia Otranto (25:53), junior Alex Busch (27:05), freshman Theresa Wilson (27:30) freshman Savannah Lamb (28:00), freshman Brette Linkenhoker (28:39), and sophomore Justice Nelson (28:44) rounded out the field.
On the teams' performance, Head Coach Nick Radkewich commented "I was very pleased with the women's performance today as 6 Crusaders made their college debut at the longer 6km distance on a very challenging Furman cross country course. Belmont Abbey finished 4th in a very close group of Conference Carolinas opponents while finishing 9th of 18 team in the meet. FR Hannah Zenker led the Crusaders with a 29th place finish in 23:53, 4th among the Conference, followed by FR Annie Hetzel (24:24) in 45th and the 9th Conference finisher. The team was excited to get the season started and showed a lot of character in making adjustments to running a longer race to start the season after the first scheduled meet was cancelled last week. The teams will have some more rest this week and I expect them to perform well at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational, next Saturday."