Behrend runner advances to NCAA national championships

Penn State Behrend runner Savanna Carr on the race course.

Savanna Carr, a freshman at Penn State Behrend, qualified for the NCAA national championships after placing seventh at the Division III Cross Country Mideast Regional. She finished in 22:14.1.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

ERIE, Pa. — Savanna Carr, a Penn State Behrend freshman, qualified for the NCAA national championship race with a seventh-place finish at the Division III Mideast Regional. She will run the Principia College North Farm Cross Country Course on Nov. 18.

The college’s soccer, volleyball, wrestling, bowling and swimming and diving teams also were in action last week. Here are the highlights:

Men’s soccer

Grove City 1, Penn State Behrend 0 (ECAC quarterfinals)

Penn State Behrend 3, Penn State Harrisburg 1

Grove City scored with 14 seconds remaining in the quarterfinal game to knock Behrend out of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The Lions ended their season with a 16-5-1 record.

Women’s soccer

Ohio Northern 2, Penn State Behrend 0

Ohio Northern scored two goals within a three-minute period to eliminate Behrend from the NCAA Division III tournament. The Lions ended their season with a 15-5-1 record.

Women’s volleyball

Wittenberg 3, Penn State Behrend 0

Hannah Saunders, a senior from Elizabeth, had 17 assists, eight digs, two blocks, two kills and an ace against Wittenberg, which won the NCAA Division III Regional match 25-10, 25-17 and 25-11. She was named AMCC Player of the Year.

Men’s cross country

Sixteenth (of 51 teams) at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Mideast Regional in Carlisle.

Zach Wortman, a freshman from St. Mary’s, placed 42nd overall, finishing in 26:12.1.

Women’s cross country

Twelfth (of 49 teams) at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Mideast Regional in Carlisle.

Men’s swimming and diving

Penn State Behrend 188, Baldwin Wallace 98

Mark Patterson, a junior from North Huntingdon, won the 200 freestyle, the 200 backstroke and the 500 freestyle. He also swam a leg of the 200 freestyle relay, which the Lions won in 1:28.87.

Women’s swimming and diving

Baldwin Wallace 183, Penn State Behrend 96

Abigail Witmer, a sophomore from Herndon, Virginia, won the 100 and 200 backstroke races, finishing in 1:05.95 and 2:21.10, respectively. She finished second in the 400 individual medley.

Men’s wrestling

Eleventh (of 13 teams) at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational

Jacob Lenhardt, a freshman from McKean, tied for fifth place at heavyweight with a 5-1 performance. Jake Paulson, a freshman from Erie, placed fifth in the 184-pound weight class.

Women’s bowling

The Lions lost all four matches on the first day of the AMCC Round Robin contest hosted by Penn State Altoona. The team was 1-2 on the second day, with a win by forfeit against Thiel.

Scores, results and updates for Penn State Behrend athletics are posted at