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Women’s Cross Country Opens Season With Win at Nassaney Invitational

Harvard placed four runners in the top 10 Saturday at Bryant (Photo Courtesy: Harvard Cross Country).

SMITHFIELD, R.I. –
In its first action of the 2012 season, the Harvard women's cross country team placed three runners in the top five en route to a victory Saturday at the Nassaney Invitational. The race was hosted by Bryant, which placed second in the women's race.  

Brianna Jackucewicz led the way for the Crimson, winning the race in a time of 18:00.1, more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Teammate Morgan Kelly wasn't far behind, completing the five-kilometer course in a time of 18:10.4, good for fourth overall. Sammy Silva was the third Harvard finisher in the top five, placing fifth in a time of 18:23.6.

Jennifer Guidera logged a top-10 finish for the Crimson in a time of 18:30.2, as did Viviana Hanley who was right behind Guidera with a ninth-place mark of 18:30.7. Whitney Thornburg (24th, 19:03.7) and Marissa Shoji (30th, 19:06.9) rounded out the top seven for Harvard on the day. Erik Kraus was the lone competitor on the men's side, taking 57th in the 8-kilometer race in a time of 27:54.2.

Harvard returns to action next week when it takes on archrival Yale in the annual HY meet. This year's competition will take place Friday in New Haven, Conn.