September 06, 2013
West going north for cross countryAshley West burst onto the scene last year as a freshman, winning Landmark Rookie of the Year.
Judging by her performance in the season-starting Bison Open, West started off this season on the right foot as Susquehanna opened its season at Bucknell.
On the three-mile Bucknell course, West finished eighth overall in 18:15, shaving 10 seconds off of her inaugural time at the event. The eighth-place finish made West the highest-placing Crusader in a race dominated by the hosts.
"Doing well this year and still being number one, I'm pretty proud of myself," West said.
The Bison grabbed 21 of the top 23 spots, with Montana DiPietrantonio grabbing the victory in 17:45.
Behind West, 20 runners passed without a maroon jersey crossing the finish line before Amy Kaschak finished in 19:37 in 30th place. Kaschak was narrowly edged for 29th.
A string of maroon jerseys crossed the finish line in the middle of the order with four straight Crusaders finishing large intervals for each other.
Freshman Kiernan Dougherty led the small pack in her first collegiate race, followed by sophomore Rachel Bachman, junior Laura Alleva and freshman Emily Leboffe.
Sophomore John Crowe and junior Alex Price stopped a herd of Bison from sweeping the top 10 in the men's race.
Crowe finished in 10th in 15:19 and Price followed in 11th two seconds behind Price.
Price continued his momentum from the conference meet last season where he finished 10th.
Bucknell's Michael McGowan grabbed the win in 14:42.
"I was really happy with (my time)," Crowe said. "A lot of the guys set personal bests (at the race)."
The Crusaders made a habit of finishing in pairs throughout the men's race with sophomores Colin Eberhardt and Dan Isenberg taking home 18th and 19th place respectively.
Eberhardt finished seventh at the Landmark Conference meet, securing a first-team all-conference honor. Seniors Brandon Mash and Sal D'Angelo tied for 26th place in 15:57.
The Crusaders will have a weekend without a race before heading to Elizabethtown Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.
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