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Men's Cross Country Competes In Mideast Regional Saturday

Men's Cross Country Competes In Mideast Regional Saturday

WATERFORD, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's cross country team placed 24th out of 26 schools this past Saturday at the NCAA Division III Mideast Region Cross Country Championships, held at Harkness Memorial State Park, in Waterford, Conn.

The Blue Jays were tasked with their greatest level of competition yet, and left it all out on the course in an astounding 200-plus runner field. USJ was led by none other than freshman Braeden Laframboise (Southington, Conn.), who finished in 103rd place in the men's 8k in 28:43.1 to cap off an incredible first season in a USJ uniform. He averaged a 5:46.6 mile pace as he toured the course under challenging conditions. The Blue Jays placed their other four runners between 160th and 165th in a great effort across the board. The pack was led by sophomore Alfred Valero (Thomaston, Conn.) who finished in 34:21.1. The Blue Jays totaled 755 points, good for a 24th place finish. The top spot was claimed by Williams with just 54 points, followed by Middlebury in second at 68 points, and RPI rounding out the podium with 82.

FULL RESULTS

COACH QUOTE
[Andrew Fink] "It was an amazing season. There is so much to build off of for next year. Today's race was more about gaining that extra experience we need, and a chance to keep training. The 2022 season will come with very high expectations. Braeden Laframboise was huge for us all season long. He truly became the force that he was the more he ran. He accomplished so much. He was a top-four runner in the GNAC as a freshman! There's a bright future ahead for him and our team."

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