Ivey paces women's cross country to win

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 6, 2008

GRAY, Maine --- Mandy Ivey had the best time of the day for the Colby College women's cross country team as the Mules opened the season with a 31-29 victory over Bates College in the Class Wave Relay Carnival at Pineland Farms on Saturday.

Ivey had a time of 13 minutes, 53 seconds over the 2.33-mile course and was the only woman under 14 minutes. Colby's Katrina Gravel had the third-best time with her 14:19 clocking and was third among juniors. Cassi Knight's time of 14:28 was the fourth top time of the day and ranked fourth among juniors.

For the seniors, Colby's Hannah Taska had the top time at 14:35 and Jen MacDowell was second with a 14:45.

Emma Linhard's time of 14:42 was first among the sophomore runners and Nora McCall took second in 14:49. Meanwhile, Colby's Colleen Kenney (16:11) was fourth and Robyn St. Laurent (16:26) took fifth among first-year runners.

The races were run by class year and points were awarded by finish. Colby's sophomores, juniors, and seniors outscored Bates by a 28-17 margin, but the Bobcats' first-year runners had a 12-3 advantage.

Colby 31, Bates 29

Senior women (Colby finishers):  1. Hannah Taska, 14:35; 2. Jen MacDowell, 14:45
Junior women (Colby finishers): 1. Mandy Ivey, 13:53;  3. Katrina Gravel, 14:19; 4. Cassi Knight, 14:28; 7. Aneth Laban, 15:41
Sophomore women (Colby finishers): 1. Emma Linhard, 14:42; 2. Nora McCall, 14:49; 8. Jessica Mullaney, 15:36; 11. Debbie Merzbach, 16:52
First-year women (Colby finishers): 4. Colleen Kenney, 16:11;  5. Robyn St. Laurent, 16:26; 8. Abigael Cheruiyot, 17:02;  9. Rachel Frenkil, 17:07; 11. Allison Emery, 17:44; 12. Kathryn Wassam, 17:58; 14. Jenna Passaggio, 18:49


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