Lion runners finish season strong

The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their 2008 season on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships held at Hanover College.

The Lions sent two men and the entire women’s team to the championships.

Senior Chris Guerriero and sophomore TJ Bocchino earned All-America honors at the meet.

Guerriero became a three-time All American.

“It’s really overwhelming,” Guerriero said. “Every year has to go pretty much perfect in order to get one, so knowing I have three makes me realize how good my collegiate career has been.”

Guerriero finished in 30th place for the 8 Kilometer course in 24:48.93.

“I’m just real thankful I have had great coaching and a great team to run with me these past four years,” he said.

Bocchino finished in 137th place with a time of 25:48.93.

The women’s team picked up 27th place at the championship. Senior Martine McGrath finished in 25th place overall and 15th in the team scoring with her time of 21:34.73. McGrath picked up her first All-American selection.

“Being an All American is something that I have been working towards for four years, so it was really nice to finally achieve it,” McGrath said.

Michelle Wallace finished next for the Lions in 108th overall and 68th in the team scoring (22:34.04). Junior Megan Donovan was next for the Lions in 177th overall and 126th in team scoring (23:07.04). 16th place and was chosen for the Atlantic All-Region team as well after posting a time of 24:01.80 on the day. Senior Stephanie Herrick was the next Lion to finish in 200th overall and 147th in team scoring (23:20.27), while rookie Katie Nestor added a time of 23:39.99 in her first NCAA Championships after taking 228th overall and 173rd in team scoring.

Senior Sara Best picked up 235th overall and 180th in team scoring with her time of 23:44.28 in her final collegiate athletic event after starring for the College in cross country, women’s basketball and track and field. Junior Nicole Ullmeyer was right behind her in 240th overall and 185th in team scoring (23:48.48).

Although the women’s team did not win the championships, McGrath was satisfied on having a stellar season.

“We had a great season as a team,” she said. “And though we didn’t achieve what we wanted to at nationals, we can’t be disappointed with our performances.”