WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's and women's cross country teams placed 22nd and 26th respectively in the 24th Annual James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State College at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.
THE RUNDOWN – MEN
In the men's 8K, Trinity College swept the top-five spots, and took home the overall with a minimum 15 points. Senior Weyessa McAlister took the win in 25 minutes 42 seconds, nearly 20 seconds ahead of second place. The rest of the Bantams were separated by less than 10 seconds second through fifth. Trinity was the only school to score in the double-digit mark, with second-placed Westfield State nearly 100 points back at 106. Springfield College completed the podium with 133.
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
Freshman David Kavanaugh (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Blue Jays to the line with a 46th place finish of 206 runners in 27:43 (5:34 Mile Pace). Sophomore captain Eric Knox (Bristol, Conn.) finished 120th with a 29:41 (5:58 Mile Pace). Freshman Max Morganstern (West Hartford, Conn.), sophomore Mario Manon-Porcella (Torrington, Conn.), and sophomore Chamroeun Chhorn (Danbury, Conn.) also scored points for the Blue Jays, who placed 22nd of 28 with 608 points.
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN 5K
In the women's 5K, sophomore Amy O'Sullivan of Westfield State took home the victory with a time of 18:01 (5:48 Mile Pace). O'Sullivan crossed the line three seconds ahead of Worcester State senior Elisabeth Olson. Senior Samantha Feenstra of Trinity College rounded out the podium. Trinity put four runners in the top-20, which as enough to win the overall with 74 points. Worcester State was again second with 106, followed by Westfield State at a solid 120.
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
Freshman Morgan Hall (Norfolk, Conn.) once again led the Blue Jays across the line, finishing in 156th out of 223 runners with a 23:05 (7:26 Mile Pace). Junior Symantha Fazzino (Newington, Conn.) finished next with a 25:08, while Senior Kristina Petit (Plainville, Conn.) was third for the Blue Jays with a 25:16. Juniors Raelynn Voislow (Windsor Locks, Conn.), and Anna Chevarella (Derby, Conn.) also scored for USJ. The Blue Jays finished in 26th place of 28 schools, scoring 820 points in the overall standings.
The regular season has come to an end for the USJ men's and women's cross country teams. It is now on to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships on Saturday, November 2. The action is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph's College of Maine.