The men’s and women’s cross country teams had a strong showing at this past weekend’s Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. The men’s team finished in third place out of 38 teams and the women’s team finished in seventh place overall out of 29.
“The ones who ran in the ECACs are the runners that didn’t place into Regionals,” head coach Phil Jennings said. “This is a good opportunity for them to finish the season in a championship environment and all competed very well.”
In front for the men’s team was sophomore Steve Kinney who placed ninth with a time of 26:15. Following behind Kinney was freshman Greg Bull who placed 19th with a time of 26:23. Next to finish for the Lions was senior Dan McDonald who took 23rd coming in at 26:27.
“Kinney ran really well and he also ran quite a bit faster on the same course since earlier this year and Bull really stepped it up in this meet as well,” Jennings said.
Not too far behind was junior Marc Altenau who crossed the finish line at 26:54 to take 43rd place. Finishing in 55th place was sophomore Craig Beall who finished in 27:04, while freshman Pat DiGioacchino placed 63rd in 27:11.
Rounding out the Lions’ runners was freshman Ryan McMahon, who took home 100th place in 27:52.
For the women’s team, sophomore Erin Enderly set the pace coming in at 23:07 to take 13th place. Junior Jenna Prendergast followed close behind to take 21st place with a time of 23:06, while freshman Michelle Barbarasch placed 49th with a time of 24:10.
Next in line was freshman Stephanie Herrick, who crossed the finish line at 24:37 to pick up 63rd place. Crossing at 25:15 to take 89th place was sophomore Jenna Bauberger, while freshman Justine Carnevale held up the end of the race for the Lions with a time of 25:23.
The Lions will travel to Rochester, N.Y. next to take part in the NCAA Atlantic Regionals on Nov. 12.