BRIDGEWATER, Va. — Sweet Briar's Victoria Lawson opened her junior season with a top-20 finish at the Eagle Cross Country Challenge on the Bridgewater College campus on Friday evening.
As a team, the Vixens finished seventh in the eight-team field with an average 4K time of 24:30.81 and 190 team points, finishing 32 points ahead of ODAC-foe Randolph.
"I was really happy with our performance today, because we've been training really hard," said head coach Jacob Smith. "Conditions were difficult because it was hot and the course featured high grass, even the winning times were slower. We finished ahead of a team from the ODAC that we were predicted to finish behind, so we are really happy about that. Last season we did not finish ahead of any other teams until the ODAC Championships, so we are really happy to start the season off like that."
Lawson (Shipman, Va.) led the Vixens with a time of 20:00.61 to finish 19th, while junior Jessie Melrose (Virginia Beach, Va.) placed 36th in the field of 71 runners.
Sophomore Hannah Marron (Beaverton, Ore.) finished with a time of 24:04.06, while sophomore Madison Harpham (Monroe, Va.) and first-year Darian Anderson (Prince Frederick, Md.) finished with times of 30:48.84 and 32:07.30, respectively.
Anderson made her collegiate debut on Friday.
Bridgewater won the team title with a score of 26 points and an average time of 17:30.88, while Eastern Mennonite's Elizabeth Nisly was the individual winner at 16:43.86.
Sweet Briar return to racing on September 22 at the Hornet Harrier Invitational, held at the Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Va.