DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Goucher finished in fourth place behind only Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr and Arcadia today at the Delaware Valley Invitational.
The top performer for the Gophers was freshman Emily League (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), who completed the 6,000-meter race in 26:50.53, good for 17th place. Soliana Goldrich (Austin, Texas/Beachwood) followed in 22nd place and was clocked at 27:17.31, which is more than two minutes faster than her best time for this distance as a freshman last season.
Anna Sandacz (Jessup, Md./Annapolis Area Christian School) and Hannah Brogan (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) crossed the finish line just over three seconds apart with Sandacz timed at 27:55.61 (26th place) and Brogan at 27:58.79 (27th place). Goucher's No. 5 runner in the season-opening event was Jonelle Palmer (Nashville, Tenn./Hume Fogg Academic Magnet) in 44th place (29:59.79).
Emilie Barton from Philadelphia was the individual champion. Her winning time was 25:05.95.
With a score of 127 points, Goucher finished 35 points behind Arcadia for third place and 18 ahead of Delaware Valley for fifth in the final team standings.