Mainland graduate Alyssa Aldridge, a sophomore at Georgetown, placed 12th in the Big East XC Championships Saturday.
Aldridge was the No. 2 sophomore in the race and Georgetown’s No. 2 runner, covering the 6,000-meter Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course at Kenosha, Wisc., in 22:21, finishing only eight seconds behind the Hoyas’ No. 1 runner, senior Madeline Perez, 9th in 22:13.
Butler won a very close three-way team battle with Villanova and Georgetown. Butler had a 33-second gap from 1 through 5 and scored 52 points, edging Villanova (61) and Georgetown (65).
Aldridge was the Group 4 XC champ and Meet of Champions runner-up and Foot Locker Northeast champ at Mainland and won state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 as well, running 4:5143 and 10:27.44.
This was Aldridge’s first Big East meet in track or cross country.