Women’s Cross Country Takes Home Title in Narrow Victory
By Bryson Eldridge – Co-Managing Editor
Graduate student Jessica Hoffman won her second consecutive individual title as the University of Scranton women’s cross-country team won by narrow victory in the conference championship.
The Royals won their first title since 2009 as they finished first in team standings with 42 points while Elizabethtown finished 43 and Susquehanna finished third with 86.
Hoffmann became the third student-athlete in conference history to garner Performer of the Year honors as she completed the 6,000-meter course in 21:53.5, nearly a full minute ahead of the second-place finisher.
Hoffman joins Alycia Woodruff (Susquehanna, 2007, 2008 & 2010) and Natalie Novotni (Moravian, 2018 & 2019) as the other multiple time winners of the Landmark title.
Sophomore Samantha Hoffman took seventh for the Royals in 23:32.5, while junior Olivia Tullman placed ninth in 23:46.8. Tullman’s performance also earned her All-Landmark honors for a second consecutive year after posting a 13th place finish in 2021.
Senior Molly Neeson finished in 11th place with a time of 23:50.5 and freshman Emily Hopkins secured the team title with a 14th place finish in 24:05.2.
The Royals will advance to the NCAA Mideast Regionals that will be held at West Branch Cross Country Course in Lock Haven, Pa.