Mullica Hill, NJ --- Sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) led WPI with a 15th-place finish as Women's Cross Country placed fifth at the Inter-Regional Border Battle, hosted by Rowan, Saturday morning.
The seventh-ranked team in New England was one of two representatives from the region. No. 24 Otterbein won with 98 points followed by No. 1 Johns Hopkins (108), No. 8 Dickinson (138) and No. 30 Haverford (152). WPI totaled 154 to place ahead of Mideast No. 5 Carnegie Mellon (163), Mideast No 8 Misericordia (182), Colby (188), South No. 4 Lynchburg (268), Mideast No. 7 Waynesburg (301) and Mideast No. 9 Swarthmore (346).
"I thought the women ran competitively today," said head coach Brian Chabot. "We're not a finished product yet but we have progressed since the Purple Valley Classic three weeks ago and with four weeks of training and racing ahead of us I believe we're in a good position to achieve what we're capable of."
Packrard, who was sixth at the mile and eighth at the 2,610m checkpoints, posted a 22:18 to pace the Engineer contingent. Senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) was second for the Crimson and Gray with a 22nd-place 22:42.1 while sophomore Ariana Rozen (Carver, MA) crossed the finish line 27th in a time of 22:51.7. Senior Emily Newman (Easton, MA) wasn't far behind in 30th (22:55.4). Freshman Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) and sophomore Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) were 60th (23:25.2) and 61st (23:26.5), respectively. Junior Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) shored up the top seven with 111th-place points. Senior Jasmine Higuera Castillo (Riverside, CA) also took part in the women's main event.
"Our schedule has certainly challenged us to this point and that was by design. As we move forward we should carry the confidence of being battle-tested," concluded Chabot.
Women's Cross Country travels to Franklin Park Sunday, October 29 for the NEWMAC Championships.