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Women's Cross Country - Sat, Sep. 28, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Running without its senior leader, Cornell's regionally-ranked women's cross country team got an impressive top-10 effort from freshman Abrah Masterson and placed eighth at the 25-team Rhodes College Invitational Saturday at Shelby Farms.

The Rams, No. 8 in the latest Central Region Poll, scored 198 points in a competitive field. Coach Dan Schofer's team was missing all-region runner Laura Ettlin, who was taking part in Operation Walk in Guatemala.

"We were short-handed with Laura off campus this week, but we had some good individual performances," Schofer said. "Abrah did a great job for us up front, and Sam (Martinez) and Rachel (Moline) continue to run well also. It will be great to have Laura back with us this next week."

Masterson helped fill the void in the Ram lineup, placing ninth overall out of 221 competitors. She covered the course in 22 minutes, 43 seconds. Masterson finished behind three runners each from Arkansas State and Central Arkansas, and one from Memphis and Rhodes.

Sophomore Sam Martinez ran a solid race, taking 19th in 23:38. Freshman Rachel Moline was 33rd in 24:09.

Sophomore Laura Wetzel established a personal record in the No. 4 spot for the Rams. She ran 24:51 for 57th. Sophomore Genevieve Grant was 80th in 25:40, followed by Ashley Reynolds (110th, 26:59) and Carly Pierson (111th, 27:03).

Arkansas State won the team title with 43 points, Central Arkansas was second with 98.

"We are getting into mid-season and starting to approach good racing form," Schofer said. "I am excited to get into the next block of training and see what we can do in two more weeks."

Coming up – Cornell competes in the Lamb-Kohawk Invitational Oct. 12 in Cedar Rapids. The winner of the Cornell-Coe dual scoring matchup earns one point toward the Bremner Cup All-Sport Series. The first race starts at 11 a.m.