Roosevelt Lakers
Women's Cross Country
Elie Donovan (Photo: Dan Lim/The Dan Effect Photography)
Elie Donovan (Photo: Dan Lim/The Dan Effect Photography)
Women's Cross Country - Sun, Sep. 18, 2016

By Dan Lim, special contributor to

WHEATON, Ill. - The Roosevelt cross country teams represented the Green and White among a tough field at the Gil Dodds Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College, on Saturday. 

The Lakers' ladies ran their first 6K of the season amidst humidity and a tough course.

Alena Pacheco made a top 30 appearance, placing 26th with a time of 24:22.1 with her sprint across the finishing straightaway.

Gina Narcisi was next for the Lakers with a time of 26:06.1.

Elie Donovan had a battle with Carthage runner Shannon Cadagin in the final meters, and the Roosevelt runner bested her competition at the end with a time of 27:05.9.

Brianna McCormick finished in 28:14.6 in stunning fashion during the last 200 meters of the race, passing several runners along the way.

Wuraola Sosina rounded out the top five for the Lakers as she finished her race in 28:53.3.

Jacqueline Fuller, Morgan Curry, Adeline Crocker, and Jessica Fuller finished in close proximity for the Lakers in times of 30:26.0, 30:36.2, 30:36.2, and 30:47.6, respectively.

The Lakers finished in 11th place as team. Washington University of St. Louis won the meet with 15 points, with the host school, Wheaton College, placing second with 64 points.

On the men's side, senior Troy Harness led the Lakers throughout the 8K adventure with freshmen Edwin Renteria and Kwesi Ayekumi.

Harness posted a great time of 28:54.7, besting four runners from Lake Forest College in the last straightaway of the course.

Ayekumi posted a time of 31:45.7, finishing the first 8K of his collegiate career. Renteria finished the race in 33:23.4, which is a personal best over his last race results.

Washington University won the meet with 20 points, and North Central place second with 39 points.

The Lakers have a rest week before going back to Olivet Nazarene University for the annual Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships on September 30th.