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No. 16 W&M Keeps Streak Alive at Spider Alumni Open
Updated: Sunday 09/06/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary women's cross country team opened the fall campaign in impressive fashion Friday evening, finishing just one point shy of perfect to win the Spider Alumni Open.  The Tribe, ranked No. 16 in the country, scored 16 points in the two-mile rustbuster to defeat five other teams, including Duquesne, Richmond, George Mason, Hampton, and VCU.  Dating back to this same race last season, the Tribe has won five straight meets where fewer than 30 teams lined up at the start.

Complete Results

The Tribe put five runners in the top seven overall, and five of the top six scorers to finish just one point away from a best-possible 15.  Leading the way once again was All-American senior Elaina Balouris (Allison Park, Pa.), who pulled away from sophomore All-American Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) to take the win, 10:17.5 to 10:18.3.  Both harriers broke the meet record set by Stites last year, as did fourth-place finisher sophomore Meghan McGovern (North Wales, Pa.), who ran 10:31.0.  Junior Dylan Hassett (Alpharetta, Ga.) was fifth overall in 10:37.8, and senior Michelle Britto (Woodbridge, Va.) was seventh in 10:38.1, just a step out of sixth.  Junior Carolyn Hennessey (Herndon, Va.), ninth in 10:56.6, and sophomore Becca Eudailey (Quinton, Va.), 13th in 11:00.7, rounded out the top seven places for W&M.

The season resumes in two weeks, when the Tribe hosts the 55th Annual W&M Invitational.  The high school and college festival will take place on Saturday morning, Sept. 21, at Eastern State Hospital.

Spider Alumni Open - Two-Mile
Pole Green Park

Team Finish
1. #16 William and Mary 16
2. Duquesne 57
3. Richmond 63
4. George Mason 122
5. Hampton 151
6. VCU 166

Top Five Individuals
1. Elaina Balouris (W&M) 10:17.5
2. Emily Stites (W&M) 10:18.3
3. Jill Prentice (UNAT) 10:28.7
4. Meghan McGovern (W&M) 10:31.0
5. Dylan Hassett (W&M) 10:37.8

Other W&M Finishers
7. Michelle Britto 10:38.1
9. Carolyn Hennessey 10:56.6
13. Becca Eudailey 11:00.7
15. Erica Amatori 11:03.1
19. Juliana Marcucci 11:11.9
22. Christina Lee 11:15.6
23. Grace Thomas 11:16.9
32. Heather Clagett 11:28.7
33. Casey Lardner 11:29.3
35. Leanna Eisenman 11:36.8
52. Ashley Bruce 12:18.5
53. Kelly Rogers 12:19.4
58. Sarah Garratt 12:31.0
68. Meghan Mulroy 12:58.7

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