LOCK HAVEN, PA – The historical milestone just keep coming for the Mansfield University women’s cross country team with a second place showing at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in Lock Haven Saturday morning.
“A remarkable performance from a remarkable group of women,” said head coach Mile Rohl. “Dedication, commitment and perseverance won the day for us today and I’m so very pleased for and proud of this special team.”
Mansfield, which won its first-ever PSAC Championship two weeks ago, finished with 89 team points in a battle with Edinboro. The Fighting Scots edged the Mountaineers for first place with 81 points in the 22 team event.
The top four finish sends the Mountaineers to the national championship as a team for the first time in school history.
Mansfield got outstanding performance from seniors Jessica Scordino, Kristy Scordino, Savannah Boucher and Lauren Norton who finished 5th, 8th, 13th, and 15th respectively. Freshman Destiny Forster rounded out the scoring by placing 48th.
Jessica Scordino finished three spots in front of her sister with a time of 21:00.0 over the 6K course. She was just 25 second behind Bloomsburg’s Victoria Davis who won the event with a time of 20:45.0 and nine seconds off the pace of Sarah Krolick from Edinboro who finished second.
Kristy Scordino finished with a time of 21:08.1 while Boucher was edged out for 12th place by .7 of a second at 21:19.9. Lauren Norton was 15th overall with a time of 21:19.9.
Freshman Destiny Foster made a remarkable comeback after getting knocked down early and the race and rallied to move up more than 20 spots to finish 48th at 22:19.6.
Four of Mansfield five runners finished with personal best.
Mansfield now advances as a team to the NCAA Division II National Championship in Spokane, WA.