DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Brandeis senior Amelia Lundkvist (So. Portland, Maine/Cheverus) turned in one of the top performances of her cross country career this weekend, leading the Judges to second place out of 29 teams at 2013 UMass Dartmouth Corsair Invitational.
Lundkvist covered the five-kilometer course in a lifetime-best 18:14.77, finishing second overall and as the top collegiate runner in the race out of 207 competitors. Lundkvist trailed the unattached winner by just over five seconds. Her previous career best was a fourth-place finish in the Judges' previous meet against Southern Maine, when she tied with three other teammates. Lundkvist was one of five Judges to finish in the top 25, as she and her teammates were nearly 45 seconds behind the leader after just one mile before closing the gap in the late stages of the race.
Also reaching the top 10 were rookie Maddie Dolins (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) and senior Victoria Sanford (Lagrangeville, N.Y./Arlington), who came in fifth and sixth overall, less than a second apart at 18:38.15 and 18:38.76, respectively. Despite feeling a bit under the weather, sophomore Kelsey Whitaker (Kingston, Mass./Notre Dame Acad.) came in 20th overall with a time 19:24.66, while rookie Ashley Piccirillo-Horan (No. Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) rounded out the scorers in 23rd place, crossing the finish line in 19:26.40. Sophomore Maggie Hensel (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) was the final Brandeis finisher, coming in 75th place with a time of 20:44.89.
Overall, the Judges were edged by Rowan University from New Jersey, who put five runners in the top 16 to finish with 45 points, just six ahead of Brandeis. The Judges were 62 points ahead of third-place Keene State, which was ranked eighth in New England in the first USTFCCCA regional poll.
The Judges return to action on Oct. 5 at the Keene State Invitational.