PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior Bridget Nolan finished 47th overall to lead Maryland to a 16th-place team finish Saturday at the Princeton Invitational cross country meet.
Nolan covered the 6-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 43 seconds and led the Terrapins to the line for the first time in her career.
Maryland competed with a young lineup at Princeton, with two freshmen and two sophomores following Nolan to the line in scoring positions.
"Bridget did a nice job leading a group of young Terps at Princeton," said distance coach Matthew Jelley. "We were working on closing hard in the second half of the race."
Catherine Sheffo finished 86th in 23:18, followed by Sydney Almeida, who was 90th in 23:20. Katie Nappi was fourth to the line for the Terps and 100th overall in 23:30, with Chardé Barnes in 111th at 23:40.
Alexa Squirini (114th, 23:43 and Karah O’Halloran (127th, 23:51) placed sixth and seventh for the Terps on Saturday.
The Terrapins were resting three of their top four runners, having them train through with an eye toward the Atlantic Coast Conference championships on Nov. 1.
"Our young runners got more much-needed experience being relied on for scoring, which will help them going into the conference championship," said Jelley. "We were also able to use this race to identify areas that each woman could use to concentrate on as we make our final ACC preparations. We took some positive strides today that will help us down the road."
Duquesne put three runners in the top eight and five in the top to score 47 points and easily earn the victory. Columbia was second at 90 points, with La Salle in third at 144.
Meghan McGlinchy, running unattached, earned the individual victory, crossing the line in 20:54 and 31 seconds ahead of Brianna Castrogivanni of Sacred Heart.