BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Dartmouth women’s cross country team finished ninth at the 2016 Paul Short Invitational on Saturday morning.

On the 6K course at Lehigh’s large-scale national meet that featured 45 women’s teams, the Big Green posted 249 points to earn a spot in the top-10.

"The Dartmouth women had another strong day on the fields,” head coach Courtney Jaworski said. “They did a great job staying engaged and focused —responding to moves and pushing forwards as the race progressed. Our five was a little further back than the coaches would have liked.

“Having a 1-5 spread of 39 seconds was solid, but not stellar,” Jaworski added. “All the women ran a 6K PR today, which was nice, but we could tell there's still much more there."

Senior Helen Schlactenhaufen and freshman Olivia Lantz were separated in their finishes by just one second, but were four spots apart in the final order. Schlactenhaufen claimed 25th in 20:39, while Lantz was 29th in 20:40.

Freshmen Diana Vizza (20:53) and Georgia Fear (20:56) were the next two Dartmouth runners in the scoring, taking home 50th and 57th, respectively, while junior Bridget O’Neill’s 88th-place finish in 21:17 rounded out the points on this day for the team in green and white.

Yale was the top women’s team over the six kilometers with 92 points, finishing ahead of national power Georgetown (119) and Ivy League rival Penn (127) that had claimed the next two spots.

The New England Championship in Boston on Saturday, Oct. 8 is the next event on Dartmouth’s calendar.