MU's Scordino earns All-American honors
Mansfield University standout Jess Scordino became the third women's runner in school history to earn All-American honors with a 24th place finish at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championship held at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO Saturday.
"A great day for Jess and a great day for Mansfield University," said Mountaineer head coach Mike Rohl. "She ran a terrific race and really stuck to the prerace plan. I am so very proud of her and what she accomplished, especially after all the obstacles she has overcome this season."
Scordino, who joins Charity Learn and Brenae Edwards as the third All-American in school history, finished with a time of 21:08.01 over the 6k course.
Alicia Nelson of Adams State (CO) finished first in the 249-runner field with a time of 20:03.3.Scordino was the second runner from the Atlantic Region to cross the finish line after Shippensburg's Katie Spratford who was third overall.
The junior was in the top 60 in the field after the first 1000 meters and moved up steadily moving into 31st place with a 10:29.9 split midway through the race before gaining seven spots over the final 3K.
Scordino's achievement was even more remarkable considering she had to overcome injuries that prevented her from competing from Sept. 22 until placing 6th overall at the Atlantic Regional two weeks ago.