Chelsea Cooper Finishes Fifth at Houghton Invitational

Freshman Chelsea Cooper logged a fifth-place finish as all five Keuka College scoring runners set persona-best 5K times during Saturday's annual Houghton College Highlander Invitational.
Freshman Chelsea Cooper logged a fifth-place finish as all five Keuka College scoring runners set persona-best 5K times during Saturday's annual Houghton College Highlander Invitational.

Freshman Chelsea Cooper (West Monroe, N.Y./ Altmar-Parish-Williamstown) logged her first collegiate top-five finish to pace the Keuka College women's cross country team to a fifth-place finish during the annual Houghton College Highlander Invitational Saturday in Houghton, N.Y.

Cooper, who has finished as Keuka's top runner in all three meets this year, completed the 5 kilometer course in 20 minutes, 48 seconds to place fifth among scoring runners.

Cooper trimmed 47 seconds off her previous best for a 5K race, as all five of Keuka's scoring runners shattered their previous season-best 5K times on the flat, Field of Dreams course.

Alfred University's Mary Baughman won the individual title in a time of 18:57, more than 48 seconds faster than Joanna Friesen (Houghton).

The Green and Gold scored a season-best 103 points to place fifth out of seven teams.

Host Houghton placed three runners in the top seven and won the team title with a score of 50. Roberts Wesleyan (56) came in second place, followed by Alfred State (87), Alfred (96), Keuka College, Elmira College (132) and the University of Pitt-Bradford (192).

Freshman Mariah Sergent (Clifton Springs, N.Y./Midlakes) was Keuka's second-fastest finisher, completing the course in a personal-best time of 21:52 to place 17th among scoring runners.

Sophomore Paige Bennett (Athens, N.Y./Athens) was 23rd after racing in 22:52, followed by junior Allison Bonin (Orwell, Pa./Northeast Bradford), who was 24th with a time of 22:56.

Junior Jennifer Vigo (Watervilet, Pa./Shaker) rounded out the Keuka's top five finishers, placing 34th after completing the course in 24:17.

The competition drew 71 runners from eight schools.

The Green and Gold will next compete in the annual Harry F. Anderson Invitational at Roberts Wesleyan College, Saturday, Sept. 27.