SOUTH BEND, Ind. – All eight runners for the Franciscan women's cross country team set personal bests as the Lady Barons finished eighth out of the 15 non-DI teams to compete at the National Catholic Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame, Friday afternoon.
Senior Grace Galligan led the Lady Barons as she finished 41st overall but eighth among the DII and DIII runners with a time of 19:02.88 in the 5K race. Galligan dropped 40 seconds off of her previous personal best. Freshman Alison Bryant took 16th against DII/III schools and 69th overall with a time of 19:47.65. Rounding out the top-three Lady Barons was freshman Mary Jo Schirger took 91st overall and 25th against DII/III teams with a personal-best time of 20:10.82.
Sophomore Grace Scrocca (21:28.41) and junior Carolyn Poston (21:28.47) took 60th and 61st in the DII/III division to round out the score for the Lady Barons. Sophomore Natalia Badia took 62nd with a time of 21:30.54 while freshman Elizabeth Atkins came in 68th with a time of 21:40.89.
Freshman Ashlin LaFond was the final Lady Baron to cross the finish line as she turned in a personal-best time of 22:45.70.
The Lady Barons return to action next weekend at home as Franciscan hosts its invitational in Steubenville on Saturday, September 22.