Jen Naymick finishes third in inaugural Penn State Fayette Invitational
Freshman Jennifer Naymick made the first ever intercollegiate cross country meet at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus memorable when she took third place in front of cheering fans on Saturday, Oct. 2. Naymick’s ran a personal best 23:04 over Fayette’s hilly 5K course.
This is the second year of the cross country program at Penn State Fayette with coach Matt Girod. According to information on the website of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), Naymicks time is currently the 14th best in the nation.
“That’s the best that I have seen Jen run since high school, and probably her junior year there,” said Matt Girod, Fayette’s head cross country coach.
Vince Capozzi, athletic director at Penn State Fayette, says, “The first home invitational on the Fayette campus course was a very exciting time for this still fairly new team and program. Five other teams competed on Saturday and, hopefully, the invitational grows to more teams next year as our program and runners develop.”
Other teams attending the invitational included Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Scranton, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Brandywine and Penn College.
Penn State Scranton’s Maureen Suchecki set the new course’s record with a time of 21.58.09. Teammate Breanna Toolen was second at 22:24 followed by Naymick in third.
Scranton’s Amber Martin and Megan Davis rounded out the top five. In fact, Scranton took seven of the top eight sports on its way to the team championship.
On the men’s side, Penn College’s Jake Shedden covered Fayette’s 8K course in 28:29.79 to take first, followed by teammate Travis Cain. Scranton’s Todd Locke and Kyle Frick were next, with Seth Beckman of Penn College rounding out the top five. Penn College won the team title.
Penn State Fayette’s next meet is Saturday, Oct. 16 when the team travels to Penn College for the LCC/Penn College Invitational.
Jennifer Naymick, of Penn State Fayette, ran a personal best of 23:04 at the first home meet in Penn State Fayette cross country history at the Eberly campus.