WESTFIELD, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph cross country team finished 27th out of 33 teams at the 22nd Annual James Earley Invitational hosted by the Westfield State University Owls at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. on Saturday afternoon. The 5K race featured 257 runners and 33 teams.
Junior Mia Tompkins (Meriden, Conn.) once again paced the Blue Jays on the afternoon crossing the finish line first for USJ in 38th place. Tompkins posted her second fastest 5K time of the season finishing at the 19:49.22 mark to record the result.
Sophomore Kristina Petit (Plainville, Conn.) was the next USJ runner to complete the course turning in a 175th place finish. She crossed the timeline with a mark of 22:28.58. Seniors Mary Anderson (Granby, Conn.) and Jessica Jordan (Wallingford, Conn.) followed closely behind Petit finishing 211th and 214th overall, repectively. Anderson finished with a time of 24:51.34 and Jordan completed the race with a time of 24:59.36.
Senior Paulina Koloda (Jaroslaw, Poland) rounded out the field for the Blue Jays. Koloda recorded a 236th place finish with a final time of 28:52.58.
The Blue Jays totaled 774 points as a team to earn the 27th place finish. Trinity won the meet placing three of its top-five scoring runners inside the top-10 and finished with 56 total points. University of New England (136), Wocester State (174), host Westfield State (181) and Smith (194) rounded out the top-five teams. USJ finished ahead of New England College, Elms, Mass. Maritime, MCLA, Mitchell and Curry.
The USJ cross country team will be back in action next in a week when they head to the Western New England Invitational beginning at 10:30 a.m.