Lions speed ahead, runners earn top honors

Senior captian Michelle Wallace (photo courtesy of Sports Desk)
Senior captian Michelle Wallace (photo courtesy of Sports Desk)

By Karissa Hearn
Correspondent

The College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams made impressive marks last Thursday at the Mainline Invitational at Haverford College.

The meet included both Division III and Division I athletes from Haverford College, Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College and Gwynedd-Mercy College. Overall, 123 men competed in the four-mile run, and 84 women in the three-mile run.

Racing her way to first place out of the Divison III athletes, senior Michelle Wallace finished with a time of 17:52.

“Michelle hung on and ran almost as fast and anyone on our team has run on that course over the past seven years,” head Coach Philip Jennings said.

Senior Nicole Ullmeyer placed fifth, running 18:37. Following behind in 14th place was freshman Cathy Goncalves with a time of 19:18.

Freshman Rachel Morris finished with 19:25. Running with a time of 19:34 was senior Kelly Cahill. Sophomore Katie Nestor finished the race with 19:36.

Fourteen Lions ran in this three-mile race.

With a four-mile time of 20:58, Junior T.J. Bocchino placed 15th among Division III athletes. Sophomore Andy Herschman placed 18th with a time of 21:13. Placing 19th, Junior Dennis Waite finished in 21:16. Senior Brandon Rodkewitz placed 16th with a time of 21:59.

“The heat, humidity, and a hard week of training left us a little flat,” Jennings said of the men’s team.  “We’re a better team then the results of this race might indicate.”

Freshman Maximilian Sparshatt finished with 22:09, freshman Tyler Hendrickson at 22:14, and sophomore Kevin Schickling with 22:17.

Overall, 21 Lions competed in the men’s four-mile run.

“Workouts are going very well,” Jennings said.

The Lion’s cross country team will face a number of teams in its region in the Paul Short Invitational, at Lehigh University, on Friday, Oct. 2nd at 2 p.m.