Lions find success in the Bronx at the New York Invitational

The Lions cross country team had incredible success at the New York Invitational held on Saturday in a field of 23 teams.

The meet was held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

The College’s women’s cross country team tied for first place.

The men’s team finished just three points away from first place. They placed second in a field of 29 teams.

The women’s team, ranked 14th nationally, finished with 60 points.

They are tied for top honors with the Wesleyan University Cardinals.

Finishing slightly behind third place, the Bowdoin College Polar Bears with 74 points.

In cross country meets, the lowest scoring team places first overall in the match.

Entering the weekend, Bowdoin was ranked eighth in the nation, while Wesleyan was not ranked.

Senior Beth Vesey led the team once again. Vesey, who led the Lions last week at the Connecticut College Invitational, finished third on Saturday with a time of 19:05 on the 5,000 meter course.

Vesey had two other Lions finishing with her in the top 10.

Seniors Lindsay Scarborough and Erin Cahill finished eighth and ninth respectively, finishing within one second of each otherat 19:43 and 19:44.

Freshman Christine Nystrom also scored points, finishing in 17th place in 20:10.

Fellow freshman Jenna Fasulo scored her first points for the Lions as she placed 23rd with a time of 20:20.

“While (Beth) Vesey is obviously doing a great job leading us, Erin Cahill and Jenna Fasulo both stepped up and showed great improvement,” head coach Steve Dolan said.

Mens Cross Country

The Lions men’s team was also successful at the NYU Invitational, finishing second to the Lock Haven Bald Eagles.

The Bald Eagles, led by first place finisher junior Chris Cowan, had 43 points compared to the Lions’ 46 points.

Both teams lapped the rest of the field. The closest competitors, the New York University Violets, were a distant third with 167 points.

“I’m certainly pleased with the results,” Dolan said. “It was a good-sized race, and considering we finished second to Lock Haven, a Division II team, we did very well.”

After winning last week at Connecticut, Lion senior Adrian Cline placed second out of the 335 runners with a time of 26:22 on the 8,000 meter course. Senior Brian Brach took fourth place in 26:35.

Also placing in the top 10 was junior Brian Donovan, who finished in 26:42.

The College’s Sean Lesniak finished in 27:11, which was good for 14th place.

To complete the Lions’ scoring, junior Matt Molski picked up an 18th place finish in 27:17.

“The important thing this early in the year isn’t necessarily to win, but to just do our best and start showing improvement,” Dolan said.

“I thought the performances we got from both Adrian Cline and Matt Molski especially helped us,” Dolan added.

Upcoming Meet

Both the men’s and women’s teams have off from competition next weekend.

The Lions’ next meet will be the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 4, at Lehigh University in Bethelem, PA. It will be held at 9:30 a.m.