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Women Harriers Take Team Title

Women Harriers Take Team Title

KERNSTOWN, Va. – The Shenandoah University women's cross country team earned its first victory since the 2011 season by taking the 2016 Hornet Harrier/Commonwealth Challenge Saturday morning at Kernstown Battlefield.

SU won the team title with 43 points. Coach Andy Marrocco's squad defeated DII Fairmont State by 38 points in winning its first team title since the 2011 McDaniel College Invitational.

Senior Shelby Shrader, with a 20:39 over the 5000-meter course, led the Hornets to the title with a second place finish. Shrader trailed Washington and Lee's Kirsten McMichael by a touch over 42 seconds for the individual title.

The Generals, who did not field a full team in the event, had the first and third place finishers.

Emily Miller was 12th, Sarah Mann 15th, Aislynn Smith 16th and Alexandria Caljean 19th to back up Shrader.

In the men's 6000-meter event, Shenandoah finished third to ODAC rivals Bridgewater and W&L with 91 points. BC edged the Generals 34-36 for the men's title as the Eagles had the top two finishers and three of the first six.

Sophomore Justin Mehrer, who won this event in 2015, was fourth for the Hornets. Mehrer had a 20:09.5 to a 19:51.0 for winner Robert Hiegel.

Ray Parsons was 17th, Zachary Barton 18th, Winston Davis 23rd and Kyle Albert 36th for the hosts.

Both teams are back in action next Saturday in the Mike Woods Invitational hosted by Geneseo (N.Y.) State.