In her first cross country race in three years, Edinboro junior Kylie Anicic from Kingsway finished first in the Doug Watts Open on her home course in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Anicic had a record-setting season on the track for Edinboro last spring and was a triple winner at the PSAC Championships in Millersville, but she hadn’t competed in a cross country race since she was a freshman at Towson University. Her last XC race was the NCAA Division 1 Mid-Atlantic Regional on Nov. 15, 2019, at Lehigh’s Goodman campus in Bethlehem, Pa.
Her 2020 season was wiped out because of COVID and Anicic had to sit out last year’s XC season as a double transfer. Anicic began her athletic career playing lacrosse at Temple.
Although Edinboro hasn’t posted any results on its web site, I found them on Slippery Rock’s site. Anicic covered the 6,000-meter course in 23:28, five seconds ahead of Slippery Rock’s Marianne Abdalah, who last year finished 2nd at the NCAA Division 2 Atlantic Region Championships at Lock Haven.
Slippery Rock won the team title 31-35 over Edinboro.
Edinboro was ranked No. 1 this year the preseason NCAA D-2 Atlantic Region, and Slippery Rock was 4th, with Charleston (W. Va.) 2nd and Seton Hill of Greensburg, Pa., 3rd.