– The Temple women's cross country team made a statement in their first showing of the season, placing first at the Temple Invitational. The Owls swept the top five for only the second time in program history with junior Millie Howard
and sophomore Helene Gottlieb
leading the talented pack.
From the Coach
> "We were very fortunate to have some local schools come out today and really get the chance to get the cross country season started," said head coach James Snyder
. The Owls welcomed West Chester, Jefferson, La Salle and Widener to their home course, finishing first of the five teams.
> "Today was a wonderful opportunity to see where athletes are and was a great indicator of our progression thus far. I was really pleased with what the ladies were able to do today and know that our front group will continue to get stronger as we get into the season. Millie, Lucy, and Helene did a great job and Katie and Michelle tailed right behind. Going 1-5 is something special, and definitely was a proven step in the right direction for us."
> Temple dominated the 6000m course after entering the race with a tactical mindset. Howard crossed the finish line first with a time of 23:30.0, and Gottlieb was the second place finisher, right by her side with a time of 23:30.4.
> Sophomore Lucy Jones
was only two seconds behind her teammates, finishing third with a time of 23:32.0.
> Closing out the top five for the Owls was senior Katie Leisher
and sophomore Michelle Joyce
, who finished with times of 23:39.3 and 23:48.7 to place fourth and fifth, respectively.
> Senior Ashton Dunkley
missed a top 10 spot by just two seconds, crossing the finish line with a time of 24:47.1, earning her an 11th place finish.
> Temple swept the top five positions, marking the first time in program history that this feat was accomplished in the season opener.
> The course at Belmont Plateau was designed by former Temple cross country/ track and field head coach Jack Saint Clair and began being used for college competitions in 1963.
> Three Owls made their collegiate debut in the race, welcoming freshmen Lexi Walsh
, Keegan Simonsen
and Shay Strawser
> The Owls will be back in action on Friday, September 14, when they travel to West Point, N.Y. to compete in the Army Invitational.