HANOVER, N.H. - After nearly three weeks without running against anyone but themselves, the Dartmouth women's cross country team will take to the course Friday morning at the Paul Short Invitational. The Big Green last ran in the Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 10.

Sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) took first place in the season-opening race, crossing the finish line in 16:49. Her first-place showing helped Dartmouth to a near-perfect 16 points to capture the team victory.

Alexi Pappas (Almeda, Calif.), Hannah Rowe (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) and Katelyn Walker (Shaker Heights, Ohio) claimed the second, third and fourth spots, respectively, in the annual home meet that opened the 2011 season. Caitie Meyer (Weston, Mass.) was the final member of the team to earn points, finishing sixth.

The Big Green will compete in the 6K Gold Race, which is set to begin at 11:45 a.m. Friday. More than 100 teams will be competing and will be split into three different races. In direct competition with Dartmouth will be more than 40 other teams, including Brown, Cornell, Harvard and Yale.