College of New Jersey senior Natalie Cooper covered 6,000 meters in 21:15 and placed second out of more than 350 runners in the Women’s Brown race at the Paul Short Invitational on Lehigh’s lower campus in Bethlehem, Pa.
Cooper, an All-America and two-time NJAC champion from Moorestown High, finished just 50 meters behind overall winner Siobhan Quinn of Canisius, who ran 21:02.
This is a tremendous result for Cooper, whose time would have placed her in the top 25 in the women’s Gold race, ahead of more than 300 NCAA Division 1 runners from some high-powered programs.
Her time is fastest ever at Lehigh by a TCNJ runner and made her the top Division 3 finisher in any of the three races.
“Going into the meet Natalie discussed with the coaching staff that the goal was to be in the top ten early in the race and assess how she felt in the first half, then in the second half if she’s feeling good to push the intensity,” TCNJ head coach Justin Lindsey said. “She ran it almost to a ’T’ with how she wanted to and it was great to watch.”
Cooper was named NJAC Runner of the Week for her performance at Paul Short.