On a muddy course with 20mph winds, the EMU women's cross country team pushed through a tough race Saturday at the Gettysburg Invitational.
Alli Eanes (Harrisonburg, VA/Westmont Hilltop) was the top finisher for the Lady Royals, as the junior crossed the 6k course in 27:22.52 to take 142nd out of 359 runners. Shelby Helmuth (LaGrange, IN/Greenwood Christian) also had a solid race, taking 163rd in 27:47.84.
Sophia Holmes (Berryville, VA/Clarke County), who injured her ankle two weeks ago in a race, finished with a time of 29:15.12 in 226th. Katie Eckman (Quarryville, PA/Solanco) was close behind her teammate, taking 237th in 29:33.41.
Keri Weaver (Lancaster, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) was EMU's final runner, crossing in 42:14.78.
Eastern Mennonite finished 23rd out of 31 in the team standings.
Coach Jason Lewkowicz said the women showed perseverance and will be better at the upcoming conference meet because of their efforts.
"It was a pretty windy day and the course was very muddy, which considerably slowed down the race times," said Lewkowicz. "The women battled and gained some great experience running against the large field of runners. They had to be tough under the challenging conditions and the experience can only benefit the team going forward."
After another off week, the next meet is the ODAC Championships on Saturday, October 29. Lynchburg College will be hosting at the Claytor Nature Center in Bedford, the same course the women ran on to open the season on September 1.