by Katy Funabashi
Men’s and women’s cross country excelled in Indiana and New Jersey, respectively, on Saturday, both teams finishing in their meet’s top 20 teams.
The men’s team showed the importance of excellent running depth by dominating at the Princeton Invitational at West Windsor Field and capturing first place.
The top seven ran 6Ks in under two hours collectively. Freshman Patrick Tiernan, sophomore Jordan Williamsz and redshirt freshman Sam McEntee came in second, third and fourth place, all running a time of 23:50.
Just one second later, sophomore Robert Denault finished, placing fifth overall, and making the finish line crowded with exhaustedly content Wildcats (23:51).
Junior Brian Basili (24:06) came striding into ninth place under twenty seconds after his four previous teammates. Senior Alex Tully (24:11), along with redshirt freshmen Harry Warnick (24:26) and Kevin Corbusier (24:30) also placed in the top 25 runners.
The men’s 8K average time was a 23:54, enough to make their average 40 seconds faster than La Salle, who finished in second (24:24 average). Coach Marcus O’Sullivan had nine Wildcats finishing in the meet’s top fifty, out of 272, runners. The men are ranked 23rd in Week 4’s National Coaches Poll.
The women’s team, coached by Gina Procaccio, was fortunate to travel to Indiana where it would not have to adjust to a different time zone. Terre Haute, Ind., hosted the Pre-NCAA Meet on Saturday morning.
The women’s team finished No. 16 overall, with senior Emily Lipari running a 20:17.1 and finishing in seventh place. Senior Nicky Akande finished a little over twenty seconds after Lipari, coming in 21st with a 20:39.6.
This 6K was dominated by the women’s team from Georgetown, which finished with 116 points. Over 40 points separated first and second place. Florida State had 162 points and came in second, with third place Butler trailing with 176 points.
The average 6K time for the Wildcats was a 21:20.82. Later, freshman Katie Brislin finished 42nd out of 102 other runners in the meet’s Open Race (23:09.21).
The women’s team is ranked No. 18 in Week 4 according to U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Both men and women’s teams will journey to Kenosha, Wis. to face other Big East teams on Nov. 2 for the Big East Championships. Their sneakers will be pounding on the Wayne E. Dannehl course.