Monmouth freshman Allie Pierontoni of Kingsway placed 8th Friday afternoon in the season-opening Lehigh Invitational.
Pierontoni ran 22:11 over Lehigh’s 6,000-meter course in Bethlehem (and briefly in Lower Saucon Township).
She was Monmouth’s third runner, behind overall winner Sammi Ragenklint [21:33] and Mackenzie Jones [22:02].
Monmouth and Princeton both finished with 50 points. Instead of using a 6th-runner tiebreaker [which Princeton would have won], head-to-head matchups were used, and Monmouth won that 3-2.
Shawnee graduate Kara Bonner, a senior at Lehigh, placed 16th in 22:20, finishing nine seconds behind Pierontoni. Bonner was Lehigh’s fourth runner, helping the Mountainhawks finish a close third with 57 points.
Also racing were Lenape grad and Rutgers sophomore Shelby Whetstone [66th in 25:08] and Ocean City grad Mickey Baker [68th in 25:31].