SIMONETTI LEADS PHILADELPHIA TO THIRD STRAIGHT CACC WOMEN'S XC TITLE
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Nov. 7, 2010) - Philadelphia University junior Sarah Simonetti earned the individual title in leading Philadelphia University to its third straight Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) women's cross country championship at Belmont Plateau Sunday afternoon. The Lady Rams tallied a low 37 points, outdistancing Dominican College (88) and Wilmington University (89).
Simonetti earned her first conference individual title by finishing with a 3 mile time of 19:28, winning the race by almost 30 seconds and missing the CACC championship record by only five seconds. Teammates Anjelica DiNucci and Gabrielle Dei Tos, both juniors, and freshman Chelsea Attaway all finished in the top ten for the Rams. The four women were also named to the All-Conference team. Attaway earned Rookie of the Year honors by being the first rookie to cross the finish line. The Lady Rams have not lost to a CACC foe all season heading into regionals.
Head Coach Dave Thomas, who is in his sixth season as head coach at PhilaU, left Belmont Plateau with accolades of his own. Thomas was named Coach of the Year for both the men and women for the second time in his career.
Georgian Court University’s Justine Berger finished second overall with a time of 19:55.05, while Dominican’s Julia Miller placed third with a 20:07.13 clocking.
Georgian Court claimed the annual Team Sportsmanship Award.