Henson-Vendrell enters record book after Don Cathcart Invitational

Raphaella Henson-Vendrell (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Raphaella Henson-Vendrell (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

SALISBURY, Md. - Raphaella Henson-Vendrell became the seventh fastest runner in school history as Hood College women's cross country team placed eighth at the Don Cathcart Invitational.

How it Happened

  • Henson-Vendrell was Hood's top finisher in 36th place with a time of 24:21.3 on the 6,000-meter course, becoming the seventh fastest runner in Hood history with the school's 15th fastest time.
  • Krista Przywara ran the course in 26:06.2 and placed 62nd.
  • Lauren Fancella was barely six seconds behind in 63rd place in 26:12.0.
  • Hood's fourth runner across the finish line was Julee Wells in 81st place with a time of 28:07.4.
  • Lauren Crossey came in 90th place in 29:07.2 and Itayu Torres finished in 29:37.1 (95th).
  • Shayna Hancock and Kaylee Weaver were the Blazers' next finishers in 110th (31.14.8) and 121st (33:48.9), respectively.


  • Emily Gates was the individual champion in 21:22.3, leading Stevenson to the team championship with 47 points. 
  • Bloomsburg scored 58 points for second place.
  • Salisbury scored 68 points for second place.

From the Coach

"With resting Conley and Haylee today, our squads really stepped up and put together some high-level performances at a big meet. Chris and Raphaella led the way with huge personal best performances, with Chris becoming our third fastest Blazer of all time. Julee also really stepped up with a major breakthrough race. That's now three solid races in three meets, and we can't wait to see how fast we can run at full strength," Chris Benassi said.

Up Next

The Blazers host the Hood College Open at 10:30 a.m. on October 19.