FAIRVIEW, Pa. – Senior Emily Izydorczak would not be denied by rain, slippery course conditions and a field of 70 competitors as she earned the individual victory Saturday morning at the Race in the Park on a sloppy course at Pleasant Ridge Park.
Izydorczak claimed her second career win by crossing the finish line first with her 5K time of 20:00.7, nearly eight seconds ahead of Mercyhurst's Molly Kennedy.
In all, the Bonnies finished third as a team with 49 points behind the two host schools – Mercyhurst (30 team points) and Gannon (49), and ahead of Glenville State (122) and Bethany (149).
Sydney Beeman gave the Bonnies another top-10 finish as she posted a sixth-place effort with her time of 21:09.7.
A trio of Bonnies ran right together at the stripe to complete the team scoring – Christine Walsh (21:43.6), Natalie Cummings (21:47.1) and Samantha Henry (21:48.8) were 13th through 15th respectively.
The majority of runners were approximately 90 seconds off their personal bests due to the challenging conditions presented by heavy early morning rains.
"We knew it wasn't going to be a PR race. The course was very challenging with hills and then the rain left everything muddy and slippery," St. Bonaventure head coach Bob MacFarlane said. "Emily continues to be a force and did exactly what she needed to do during the race, not leading until the end. Sydney and Christine continue to improve and show they can be leaders."
St. Bonaventure returns to action next weekend at the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday morning.
1. Emily Izydorczak – 20:00.7
6. Sydney Beeman – 21:09.7
13. Christine Walsh – 21:43.6
14. Natalie Cummings – 21:47.1
15. Samantha Henry – 21:48.8
17. Amberlee Robertson – 21:54.1
18. Stephanie Barry – 22:06.6
20. Lindsey Lytle – 22:14.7
24. Carly Olles – 22:34.0
26. Meaghan Ralph – 22:47.9
29. Theresa Dristle – 22:51.7
30. Tristen Reid – 23:05.2
31. Emily Holstein – 23:11.5
32. Jenna Cherry – 23:13.4
36. Morgan Brady – 23:30.8
38. Kristin Reynolds – 23:34.2
64. Ania Rzepka – 27:41.9
66. Julia Schneider – 27:50.6
#Unfurl the Brown & White!— Bonnies XC / Track (@BonniesXCTrack) October 6, 2018
Team victory for the men and an individual win for Emily Izydorczak in the women's race today at the Race in the Park! Way to battle tough conditions in the rain and mud! pic.twitter.com/qnlyOKj3AZ
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