Cross Country places second and third at invitational

On the eighth day of fall, Saturday Sept. 30, the weather had finally begun to reflect the season. The temperature shocked  both teams’  systems as they arrived in Keene, N.H. for the Keene State Invitational. According to Cait Lawlor ’18, “47 and rainy felt crazy compared to the heat earlier in the week.” The men’s team faced off against Brandeis, Fitchburg State, Keene State, Clark University, New Hampshire Technology Institute, Mass College of Liberal Arts, Southern Vermont College, and Suffolk University. The team was able to score third overall out of the nine schools competing with a team score of 62, just behind Fitchburg State’s score of 54. Individually, Noel Feeney ’18 ran a time of 26:08 minutes, securing fourth place, while Benard Kibet ’18 was the second Mule across the finish line with a time of 26:36 and sixth place overall. Next came Tommy Griffith ’18 with a time of 27:13 and Reeve Maddux ’19 with a time of 27:21 minutes, scoring 16th and 17th, respectively.

The women’s team, like the men’s team, faced eight other colleges, competing against Brandeis, Clark, Keene State, Southern Vermont College, Fitchburg State, New England College, NHTI, and Mass. Liberal Arts. They were able to place second overall with a team score of 51, losing out to Brandeis who had a team score of 27. Individually Lawlor, in her first race of the season, ran a time of 17:56 minutes, making her the third to cross the finish line. She later said, “It was my first race of the season and I had a lot of fun competing.” The next Mule to finish was Helen Chavey ’19 with a time of 19:11 minutes and a fifth place finish. Sonia Tremblay ’20 finished with a time of 20:01 minutes to secure 13th place followed closely by Rebecca Berube ’20 with a time of 20:03 minutes to take 14th place. Overall, “This weekend was a really good checkpoint for our women.  In a few weeks we are entering the really competitive part of our season so, Saturday was a great opportunity to see where we are.”

Both teams still have two meets before the Maine State and NESCAC championships, giving them additional time to prepare for the New England Division III NCAA qualifier on November 11.