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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions posted a 1-2 finish Friday morning at the Penn State National Open hosted at the Blue-White Course.
No. 10 Penn State women's team captured the meet crown while the men's team finished runner-up at the meet.
"This was the last regular season meet at home and we celebrated senior day and I thought both teams competed extremely well," said head coach John Gondak.
"I'm very pleased for the women to come away with the win over a great Villanova team. The men raced a top-10 team in Oklahoma State very hard to the end. With championship time around the corner, all you can do is build confidence week in and week out and I think today was another confidence booster as we move towards Big Ten's in two weeks,"
For the women's team, Penn State again placed every runner in the top-25 led by Jillian Hunsberger who was the top finisher for the Nittany Lions. The senior from Pittsburgh, Pa. finished the 6K in 20:22 that is the ninth-fastest time in meet history behind former Penn Stater Bridget Franek who ran 20:20 back in 2008. Franek was in attendance as an assistant coach for Akron.
Also competing for Penn State were Lisa Bennatan (21:22), Noemie Noullet (22:01), Victoria Crawford (22:15), Grace Trucilla (22:32), Julia Guerra (23:08) and Marisa Deichert (23:44) in 41st, 85th, 99th, 122nd, 147th and 162nd-place, respectively.
The Penn State men's team was led by Colin Abert posting a time of 25:19 for third-place. Rounding out the scoring for Penn State were Timothy McGowan (25:37), Bobby Hill (25:42), John McGowan (25:48) and Ben Bumgarner (26:00) in 9th, 11th, 17th, and 20th-place, respectively.
Also competing for the men's team were Billy McDevitt (26:15), Brady Bobbitt (27:06), William Loevner (27:10), and Jordan Makins (28:22) in 34th, 82nd, 89th, and 119th-place, respectively
The Nittany Lions travel to Bloomington, Ind. on Oct. 29th for the Big Ten Championships set to begin at 10:45 a.m. ET
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