WESTFIELD, Mass. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's and women's cross country teams competed in the James Earley Invitational Saturday, held at the famous Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. The Blue Jays had their work cut out for them as 31 men's and 31 women's programs went toe-to-toe across four different divisions. USJ competed in the white run. The Blue run was also held Saturday.
Event: James Earley Invitational
Results: USJ Men – 21st of 21 USJ Women – 22nd of 24
Location: Stanley Park | Westfield, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Andrew Fink] "Today was great because there are programs that we never see. It was a huge race, which put a lot of good pressure on them to try to stay with the big pack. We are seeing a lot of the same teams this fall, so it is nice to see different competition in meets like this. It was one of those races we just had to keep our heads down and get through so we can get to Suffolk and our preparation for next week. Overall very happy, everyone walked out healthy so we are in good shape."
THE RUNDOWN – MEN'S WHITE 8K
In the Men's Blue 8K, 164 runners took to the starting line in their quest for a victory. While the Blue Jays could not remain with the front-runners by race's end, they did have some notable performances, including freshman Braeden Laframboise (Southington, Conn.), who led the way for USJ with a 46th-place finish and a new 8K program record of 27 minutes 44 seconds (5:34.7 mile pace). Laframboise shattered the record he set in the previous meet by over a minute.
Travis Martin of Trinity College was victorious for the Bantams, crossing the line in 25:11.4. Trinity took two of the top three spots, but Vassar took the overall win with just 34 points. Trinity was second for the men with 53, while Springfield College rounded out the podium with 117.
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN'S WHITE 5K
In the Women's White 5K, junior captain Morgan Hall (Norfolk, Conn.) paced the Blue Jays once again, this time with a 129th-place run of 179 runners, crossing the line in 23:13.9 (7:28.6 mile pace).
Lauren Selkin of Mount Holyoke was victorious on the day, crossing the line in 18:02.2, 16 seconds ahead of second-placed Laurel Kurger of Smith College. USJ claimed 22nd place of 24 schools with 642 total points. Smith won the overall with 44 points, followed by Mount Holyoke at 53 and Williams at 80.
The Blue Jays will be back in action next for a visit to Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. for the annual Suffolk Invitational on Saturday, October 16, at 1:45 and 2:45 p.m. respectively.