Cross country keeps its cool vs. D-I opponents

Megan Flynn led the Lions’ effort. (Courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

This Saturday the College’s cross country team ventured to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to compete in the Fordham Fiasco. They joined a field of 30 other teams, most of which were Division I schools.

The women’s team was paced by sophomore Megan Flynn, who finished first for the College in the 5k race with a time of 19:38.23. She placed 51st in a field of 365 other runners. Also finishing in the top 100 were junior Cathy Goncalves, who finished 56th at 19:45.98, senior Danielle Aran, who finished 79th at 20:07.21, sophomore Anginelle Alabanza, who finished 84th at 20:09.96, and senior Rachel Morris, who finished 86th with a time of 20:12.48. Overall, the team finished 13th out of 29 teams and finished first out of participating Division III teams.

The men’s team finished 11th in a field of 16 teams and were the only Division III school among the group. The first Lion to cross the finish line in the five-mile race was senior Alex Yersak, who placed 63rd out of 214 runners. He finished with a time of 27:30.8. Senior Shaun McGeever also ran a strong race, finishing 88th overall with a time of 28:08.45.

The men were far from satisfied with their 11th place finish.

“We had a tough day as a team,” junior Andy Gallagher said. “We now have to focus on our upcoming workouts and really step up as a whole team.”

“Today put into perspective what we need to work on as a team to gain better results,” captain and senior Nick Bond added. “It’s still early and one race won’t define our season. We still have confidence moving forward.”

The team ran wearing red, white and blue ribbons to commemorate those lost ten years ago on 9/11.

The College’s cross country team will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Osprey Classic hosted by Richard Stockton College.