Conley, women's cross country victorious at Cairn

Women's cross country

LANGHORNE, Pa. - Hood College's Saoirse Conley defeated the field by 28 seconds as the women's cross country team picked up the team win at the Cairn Invitational. 

How it Happened

  • Conley, one of six Blazers making their collegiate debuts, completed the 4,000-meter course in 17:12.2. Olivia Pfaff from Cairn was second n 17:40.1. Conley is the first Blazer to win a women's cross country meet since Gretchen Whitesell won Gallaudet's Bison Invitational in 2014. 
  • Raphaella Henson-Vendrell led a pack of five Hood runners that finished consecutively from fourth through eighth place over a span of one minute, 53 seconds. The sophomore turned in a time of 18:21.6 for fourth. 
  • Haylee Plaudis covered the course in 18:57.3 for fifth overall. 
  • Krista Przywara followed in 19:53.5. 
  • Lauren Fancella and Lauren Crossey completed the string of Blazers across the line. Fancella captured seventh with a time of 19:56.4, 18 seconds in front of Crossey. 
  • Crossey and Shayna Hancock did their jobs to displace the top runner from Notre Dame (Md.) the only other team in the five-team field with a full scoring contingent. 
  • Kaylee Weaver rounded out the Blazers' day with a time of 24:50.2.


  • With Hood getting its top seven in front of the Gators' top finisher, the Blazers swept the team scoring with 15 points. Notre Dame (Md.) was second with 50 points. 
  • The Blazers' last meet win was at the same Bison Invitational won by Whitesell in 2014. 

From the Coach

  • Chris Benassi on the women: "I couldn't be happier about our performances today to start the season. With Conley taking the win and having six women in the top 10, this was a phenomenal way to kick things off. It's a great place to be with two weeks to continue to progress our fitness before our first home meet."

Up Next

The Blazers host the Hood Twilight Invitational on September 13 at Utica Park.