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X-Country makes statement at Dartmouth Invitational

By jr00576

Section: Sports

September 22, 2006

Both the mens and womens cross-country teams did very well this Saturday at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational. The mens team placed second out of the nearly 30 teams competing at the meet this weekend. The womens team was also successful, capturing 4th place out of 33 teams present. The teams were even able to beat nationally ranked squads and came close to winning the invitational altogether.

The mens team experienced numerous individual highlights on this 8K course. The squad was led by Tim Condon 08, who claimed seventh place for the Judges. Condon ran a time of 25:46 and finished tenth overall for the competition. Brian McDonald 10 in his first major collegiate race was able to rank second among the Brandeis runners and placed thirteenth overall with a time of 26:16. The Judges also took nineteenth through twentyfirst places with the times posted by Jon Gullinger 08, Matt Jennings 09, and Dan Suher 08, each finishing within four seconds of the others and mere moments after McDonald. All in all, the Judges were able to score 71 points, nearly 50 points ahead of the third place team.

The Women also posted impressive individual rankings on their 5K course. Megan Bisceglia 07 finished first among the Judges and eighth overall with a time of 18:54. Teammate Camille Stevens-Rumann 07 finished tenth with a time of 19:00 minutes and Emily Terrin 08 was able to capture thirtieth place with a time of 19:29. Mary Schillinger 07 took fiftieth place with a time of just over twenty minutes and Katy Agule 09 assisted the Judges with her sixtyfirst-place finish.

The teams were optimistic about their future competitions and all relatively happy about their performances at their recent meet. It was a pretty strong performance, said Mike Stone 09, but we can improve upon our results. Matt Jennings 09 had similar comments. It was a good start, quoted Jennings, but we have work to do in order to go far later in the season.

The womens team showed similar optimism and satisfaction with their results from this Saturdays meet. We ran really well, commented Schillinger. We have high hopes for our results in later meets.
Its still early in the season and the Judges have many more meets coming up in which to show similar success. They compete at the Harrier classic next weekend and have championship meets throughout October and early November. Still, they are optimistic about their future competitions and glad to have a strong showing to improve upon.

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