Women's Cross Country Defeats Williams and MIT to Win Purple Valley Race

Sabrina Gornisiewic won today's race with a 22:44 finish across six kilometers.

WILLIAMSTOWN – The eighth-ranked Tufts University women's cross country team had the top two finishers and three of the top seven as the Jumbos won the Purple Valley Invitational hosted by Williams College Saturday at Mount Greylock High School.

In the six-kilometer varsity race, Tufts senior Sabrina Gornisiewic won with a 22:44.2 finish. She was just ahead of sophomore teammate Danielle Page, who recorded a 22:51.6 runner-up time. Freshman Meghan Davis place seventh in the race for Tufts with a 23:35.7 time.

Behind those three leaders, the Jumbos posted a team score of 60 that edged host Williams who totaled 68. Third-place MIT wasn't far behind with a 72 team score. The Ephs were #4 and the Engineers were #5 ahead of Tufts in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III national poll.

Also scoring for Tufts was sophomore Anna Slager in 21st place (24:04.01) out of the 160 total runners. Freshman Lexi Quinn was the fifth and final Jumbo scorer, coming across the finish line in a 24:25.0 time.

Other Tufts runners placing among the top 35 individually were senior Rhemi Toth (24:28.4) and freshman Lauren Pollak (24:31.9) in 32nd and 34th, respectively.

The Jumbos are off next weekend prior to running at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association meet at Franklin Park October 12.