photo: Freshman Matthew Burke
Boddorf Bronzes in September
The Penn State DuBois men's and women's cross country runners had an explosive start to their first conference race at the Penn State Greater Allegheny Invitational. Participating in the invitational along with Penn State DuBois as part of the PSUAC were Penn State Worthington Scranton, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Wilkesbarre, Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Schuylkill, Penn State Mont Alto, and Penn State Greater Allegheny. The conference teams were also joined by Pitt-Greensburg, Potomac State, the Community College of Allegheny County, and Westmoreland County Community College. Both men's and women's teams ran a 5k for this event and the Penn State DuBois runners adapted with ease.
Juliann Boddorf championed her first race in the conference by taking third place overall and third place in the PSUAC with a time of 22:41. Heidi Rodgers and Tamera Anthony debuted in 24th and 27th place overall and 20th and 25th place within the conference, respectively.
On the men's side, Matthew Burke led the pack while taking 14th place overall and 7th in the conference with Austin Hawkins at 41st and 25th, Charles Miller 45th and 28th, and Micah Shaffer coming in 54th and 36th accordingly. Boddorf is the first female runner to medal within the conference for Penn State DuBois since 2009. "I said before that Penn State DuBois is going to make a lot of runners nervous in our conference and our athletes demonstrated that today. I couldn't be more proud of them," said Coach Gordon of Penn State DuBois. Winning the race with a time of 21:43 for the women was Rachel Ramsey of Penn State Greater Allegheny. Winning for the men was Aaron Flowers from Westmoreland County Community College with a time of 17:56.
The Penn State DuBois runners head to Latrobe for the Saint Vincent College Invitational on September 20th.