– The Temple University
women's cross country team captured its second straight win of the 2018 season, dominating the challenging 5,600 meter Bowdoin Park course at the Army West Point Open on Friday morning. The Owls swept the top three spots, with junior Grace Moore
crossing the finish line first with a time of 19:21.2.
Temple put on a strong performance, finishing with a total score of only 19 points. Trailing the Owls was George Washington with 50 points, followed by Army West Point who tallied 70 points on the day. The final two teams were Manhattan and St. Bonaventure, finishing fourth and fifth after earning 106 and 136 points, respectively.
From the Coach
> "The squad did a really good job of asserting themselves early in the race, establishing their position off of the line and settling into a comfortable rhythm," said head coach James Snyder
. "We were expecting some stiffer competition than our last meet, and the team did an exceptional job putting themselves in a position to succeed."
> Snyder spoke on the success the front pack had today, with two of the top three finishers competing for the first time this season. "Grace securing the win in her first meet of the season is truly indicative of what she can do down the road as a front runner for our program. Lucy and Kira did a fantastic job working together, and it was great to see Kira out on the course for her first race in Cherry and White. Today's meet was definitely a step in the right direction for us, as we look toward having the best season we have ever had here at Temple."
> Moore, a returning All-East performer for the Owls, was back in uniform for the first time this season to perform at the Army West Point Open. It did not take long for her to make a statement on the new season, winning the race by nearly 18 seconds and leading the Owls' front pack that swept the top three positions.
> Sophomore Lucy Jones
crossed the line next for the Owls, earning second overall with a time of 19.43.6. Jones is a consistent performer in the front pack for Temple, progressing from her third place finish at last week's Temple Invitational.
> Finishing right by Jones' side was Temple newcomer Kira Von Ehren
, as the two exemplified true teamwork, crossing the line just one second apart. The Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany native finished the race with a time of 19:44.8, earning her a third place finish for her first race in a Temple uniform.
> Helene Gottlieb
and Michelle Joyce
took a different approach in today's race, starting out more conservatively but building as the race progressed. This tactic proved to work well for the pair of Temple sophomores, as they took sixth and eighth place, recording times of 20:17.4 and 20:21.2, respectively.
> For the second straight year, the Owls have opened their season with back to back team wins. Last year, the Owls captured their first two wins at the Temple Invitational and the Rider Invitational.
> Moore is running a similar course as last year, as she took the individual title in Temple's second meet of the season in 2017 as well, winning the Rider Invitational.
The Owls will travel to South Bend, Ind. to compete at the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational on Friday, September 28th. For the first time, Temple will compete in the Blue section of the meet, running against national level competition.