Cross country posts good times vs. D-I opponents

Runners line up at the Blue/Gold Classic (Courtesy of Sport Information Desk)

The College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams began their seasons yesterday as they hosted Division I schools Saint Joseph’s Univeristy and Rider University. The Lion’s Blue/Gold classic was held on Saturday at Rosedale Park in Hopewell.

Leading the way for the women’s team was sophomore Julie Jablonski, who ran the course in 19:13.50, and finished eighth overall. Not far behind for the College was senior Rachel Morris, who finished at 19:32.10 and placed ninth overall in the race. Other strong performances came from senior Danielle Aran, sophomore Megan Flynn and sophomore Anginelle Alabanza. Each runner finished within the top 15.

Strong performances for the men’s team were contributed by sophomore Dominic Tasco, who finished with a time of 16:16.50, first among the Lion’s runners and seventh overall. Following him was senior Andrew Herschman, who finished twelfth overall at 16:34.10, and senior Alex Yersak who finished fifteenth overall at 16:39.40.

Next weekend, the cross country team will journey to the Bronx to run in the Fordham University Fiasco at Van Cortlandt Park.