Freshman Tedeschi impresses at Blue/Gold Classic

Although experience tends to be the main factor to success, sometimes it’s the freshmen with the most drive. For the Lions’ men’s cross country team, it was freshman Andrew Tedeschi who took the 10th fastest time in his first ever collegiate event at the annual Blue/Gold Classic on Saturday, Aug. 29 for the Lions.

The Lions run against D1 teams. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

Tedeschi crossed the line at 16:09:40, pacing 5:12 per mile.

“Going into the race, I was hoping to just get top five for the Blue team,” Tedeschi said. “But once the race started, I felt really good and thought I could do some damage.”

Although Tedeschi picked up his pace and began passing people, he had no idea he made the top 10 until later that night, thinking he placed around 25th with the gifted talent he was racing against.

“It was a great race to start off my collegiate career,” he said. “But there is still a lot of work to do.”

Freshmen Kevin Scott and Brandon Mazzarella also proved themselves taking the 12th and 13th spots, finishing just behind senior Dominic Tasco, who took 11th with a time of 16:11:14 to start off his season.

But on the women’s side it was a veteran with an impressive showcase as junior Tara Nealon finished third out of 38 runners in the 5K event with a time of 19:15:61.

Working hard all summer, Nealon simply said, “It feels good knowing that I didn’t wake up early almost every day in the summer to run for nothing.”

Her teammates weren’t far behind as they represented the women’s Lions well, with seniors Sarah Polansky and Anginelle Alabanza finishing in the top 10 and junior Jillian Manzo following suit in the 11th spot.