Heavy Medals: Guerriero golden at Planksy, McGrath takes 2nd

On Saturday, the College competed at the Williams College Plansky Invitational in Williamstown, M.A. Both the men’s and the women’s teams trampled their competitors and captured silver in the team standings.

The men tallied an impressive 45 points, just behind the nationally-ranked team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which claimed first place out of nine teams with 31 points.

Senior Chris Guerriero tacked on another gold medal to his sterling resume, winning the men’s race composed of 106 runners. His gold-medal time for the 8K varsity race was 25:25.9.

Right behind the champion was sophomore TJ Bocchino who took second place in 26:31.4. Freshman Alex Yersak continued his break-out season as he placed ninth, crossing the finish line in 26:54.6.

Junior Brandon Rodkewitz ran a time of 27:14.1 to add a 13th-place finish. Sophomores Dennis Waite (20th in 27:32.1) and Kyle Roos (23rd in 27:42.1) rounded out the men’s score to seal the second-place victory.

The women’s team also finished second in the team standings, led by unstoppable senior Martine McGrath. Eight teams competed, and MIT once again took the title with a score of 44 points. The College had a combined score of 54.

In a field of 119 runners, McGrath was second in the women’s 6K varsity race, clocking in at 22:38.6.

Junior Michelle Wallace had an impressive sixth-place finish with a time of 23:20.9, while senior Stephanie Herrick took eighth in 23:26.7.

Junior Megan Donovan added an 18th-place finish for her team in 24:05.6. Freshman Katie Nestor had a solid debut for the Lions, clocking in at 24:13.7 to earn a 20th-place finish.

The College will compete at the Haverford Invitational this Friday. The event will take place at Haverford College in Haverford, PA. The race will be the College’s final test before heading into the championship season.