Meghan Gilmore Tops the List of Runners at the Florida Tech Invitational

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

MELBOURNE, Fla.- Competing in her first official race as a member of the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country team, junior Meghan Gilmore posted the top time in the women’s 5K while the Sailfish women’s team claimed a fourth-place overall finish at the Florida Tech Invitational on Saturday morning.

“I’m very encouraged by our team’s performance this weekend at the Florida Tech Invitational,” said head coach Sonja Friend-Uhl.

“Meghan had a great opener and nearly everyone was within 30 seconds of their lifetime personal bests. This is especially encouraging because it is only our first meet and they are running so well. It proves that they’ve worked hard over the summer and they are ready to move to the next level of competition this Fall,” continued the new Sailfish head coach.

Having played soccer at the University of Georgia the past two years, Gilmore transferred to PBA last spring in time to get her feet wet in collegiate competitive running under new PBA head coach Sonja Friend-Uhl.

After continuing her rigorous training over the summer, Gilmore returned to South Florida primed to begin competition in a number of races this fall. On Saturday, the Ashville, North Carolina native posted a time of 17:59 in the women’s 5K, to earn an eight second victory over the University of Tampa’s Heather Nicholsi.

The two runners were neck-and-neck until the final 1000 meters when Gilmore made a strong push to pull ahead and come away with the comfortable victory.

Gilmore wasn’t the only Sailfish runner to achieve great results on Saturday as Coach Friend-Uhl was very pleased with the performances of many of her competitors on the day. Faith Warren, a sophomore from Henderson, Nevada, nearly put together a personal best time while finishing in 19th place with a time of 20:16. Freshman Danielle Kittell, who has been working her way back into shape after an injury, came through with a time of 20:36 to finish in the top half of the competition in 23rd place.

Following right behind was newcomer Mary Beth Carlson who completed the course at 20:49 and sophomore Katherine Harvey who finished at 20:59.

Also competing for PBA with near personal best totals were freshmen Sarah Walsh and Chelsea Motes who finished at 22:24 and 23:07, good for 36th and 47th place respectively.

Fifty-seven women competed in the race which is an annual competition hosted by Florida Tech at Wickham Park. The University of Tampa took home the team title with 32 total points while Nova Southeastern University took home runner-up honors at 79 points. The host-Panthers were in third-place at 93 points, just one point ahead of PBA who finished fourth at 94 points.

Embry-Riddlle Aeronautical University claimed fifth place while Saint Leo University and Edward Waters College rounded out the team scores.

PBA will next compete on Saturday, September 18th when they travel to Gainesville, Florida to take part in the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational.

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