SMYRNA, Del. - In her first meet of the season, senior Dashera Richardson (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Delaware State University women's cross country team to their first victory with 25 points this Saturday at the Hornet Invitational, held at the DSU Outreach and Research Facility.  In total, the Hornet women had six of the top 10 finishers.

Richardson finished second overall with a time of 18:40.36 to earn two points for the Hornets.  Junior Ketsia Dornevil (Philadelphia, Pa.) followed in third place with a time of 19:39.10 while fellow junior T'Nay Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) ran a 20:04.24, good for fifth.  Williams' time was more than a minute faster than her previous races this season.

Rounding out the top ten were graduate students Alisha Jones (Newark, Del.) and Tracey Fan Fan (South Orange, N.J.) and freshman Brianna Sims (New Haven, Conn.).  Jones placed eighth with a time of 20:58.78, Fan Fan was ninth in 21:03.76 and Sims finished 10th in 21:26.46.  All three recorded season-best times.

Team finishers included Morgan State in second place with 43 points, UMES in third with 78 points and UDC fourth with 89 points.  Morgan State's Ishakeema Swain won the race with a time of 18:37.98.

In the men's 8k race, the Hornets finished fourth with 80 points while UDC won the race with 52 points.  Morgan State was also second in the men's race with 55 points and UMES was third with 68 points.  Coppin State was fifth with 84 points.  UDC's Hillary Mugun placed first with a time of 26:26.30.

Freshman Terrell Oliver (Camden, Del.) was the lone DSU men's top 10 finisher with a time of 29:12.17, good for ninth place.  Senior Kelli Thibou (Greenbelt, Md.) was 12th in 30:50.26 while freshman Joshua Johnson was 16th in 32:21.62.  Senior Stephen Bowe placed 18th in 32:57.17 and graduate Kevaughn Laviea (Dover, Del.) ran a 34:58.81, good for 26th place.  Bryan Pointer finished the race for the Hornets in 28th place with a time of 35:39.49.

The Delaware State men's and women's cross country teams wrap up their regular season this Friday with a 4 p.m. race at the DSU Outreach and Research Facility in Smyrna, Del.


Delaware State women's cross country