Lane, Del Fava, Lead UAlbany Women at Pre-Nationals

Women’s White Race Results

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – On the same day the University at Albany hosted its home cross country invitational, the top eight members of the women’s team competed in the Pre-National Invitational at Indiana State University.  The women competed in the 6K White race, against 34 other teams, nine of whom currently hold spots in regional rankings.

UAlbany finished fifth overall in the team competition, scoring 229 points.  The Danes placed two runners in the top ten.  Brittney Lane returned to her familiar place leading the team, finishing fifth with a time of 20:50.75.  Not far behind was Silvia Del Fava, who finished in seventh place in 20:54.00.  Del Fava supplanted Lane in the previous race at Lehigh University’s Paul Short Invitational, where she ran a personal best time of 20:40, which was also the second fastest time for 6K in UAlbany history, behind Lane’s 20:24 from Northeast Regional Championships a year ago.

Kathryn Fanning was the next finisher for the Danes, coming in 28th place with a time of 21:50.81.  Johanna Smith finished in 75th place in 22:26.42, and Molly Pezzulo finished 117th in 22:56.17.  Rounding out the top seven were Brianne Bellon, who finished 158th in 23:22.77, and Schuyler Pruyn, who finished 192nd with a time of 23:52.72.  Smith, Pezzulo, and Bellon each ran season best times for 6K.  The Danes were without traditional number four runner Jessica Donohue, who remains sidelined with an injury.

The White race featured 227 athletes from 35 teams.  California took the overall team title, scoring 105 points to edge second place Virginia Tech, who scored 107.  The individual winner was California’s Kelsey Santisteban, who completed the course in 20:18.45, which would have placed her 10th overall in the more competitive Blue race.

Indiana State will host the National Championship meet on November 23rd.  The Danes hope to qualify one or two runners to compete in the national race, so the experience they gained by running today will hopefully serve them well should they qualify.

The men’s and women’s teams will now shift their attention towards the America East Conference Championship, back on the course where they ran their first race of the season at Binghamton, on Saturday, November 2.