BRONX, N.Y. – Freshman Kiley Britten (Crystal Lake, Ill.) wrapped up her debut cross country season with a fourth consecutive team-best time at the ECAC Championships in the Bronx, completing a stretch in which she paced the Pirates in every meet during the back half of the fall schedule.
Britten, who compiled a quartet of runner-up team finishes to open the season before taking over the top spot in the final four races, delivered a 5K time of 20:03.1 at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday to secure her spot among a group of Pirates who scored in every meet this year.
A centerpiece of that group, as she has proven to be over the last three seasons, is Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) who turned in a time of 20:14.3 to rank second for The Hall. Blackburn previously recorded the first team-best time of her career at the Metropolitan Championships in the Bronx in October improved upon that 20:35.9 mark by more than 20 seconds in her return to Van Cortlandt.
Completing what was a stellar season of her own was sophomore Emily Johnson (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) who placed third on the team with a time of 21:38.5. Johnson emerged as one of The Hall’s most reliable performers in her first full season of action; registering four top-three team finishes and joining Britten and Blackburn in contributing to the scoring group in all eight outings.
Returning to the scoring group was another sophomore in Bailey Seach (Winston Salem, N.C.) who was the fourth Pirate to cross the line with a time of 21:59.9. Seach has now recorded a total of 13 scoring efforts over two seasons in blue & white – six of which came in 2015.
Bri Miller (Bayonne, N.J.) finished just three spots behind Seach with a time of 22:09.6 to complete the top-five for the Seton Hall women. Miller found her stride during the latter portion of the fall slate and was able to crack the scoring contingent in three of the final four meets.
Miller was one of four listed seniors who competed in their final cross country race for The Hall, joining Amanda Quaglia (Reading, Pa.) – who led the Pirates on three occasions this fall – Alex Ryan (Aurora, Colo.) and Samantha Young (Upper Black Eddy, Pa.). Classmate Amanda Catherall (Farmingville, N.Y.) also capped her collegiate career on the cross country course this season.
SHU’s combined efforts on Saturday earned a 17th-place team finish while Marist took home the title.
The Pirates will be off from competition for over three months before taking to the track for selected events in the spring.