The Keene State men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Connecticut to compete in last Saturday’s Connecticut College Cross Country Invitational.

With a cold and rainy morning, both teams endured the weather. The women’s team worked through the rain and placed 20th overall in their first 6k race of the season.

The women’s team consists of three first-year girls, two juniors and one senior, making them a dynamic team.

Jake Paquin / Photo Editor

Jake Paquin / Photo Editor

Keene State was led by junior Alana Olendorf, who had a time of 25:19 and placed 125th out of 273 runners.

The next Owl to cross the finish line was first-year Christina Martin, who had a time of 25:33 and placed 135th. The top five were rounded out by first-year Laura Dawson with a time of 25:53, Brittany Gravallese with a time of 26:14 and Emily Jarka with a time of 26:54.

With the women’s race complete, the KSC men’s cross country team set out in the same weather conditions.

Senior Philip Parent led the men’s pack with a time of 26:56, placing 67th out of 282 runners.

This helped lead the men’s cross country team to 11th place out of 20 teams. The next KSC student to finish was first-year Cam Giordano who placed 67th, with a time of 27:07. Senior Matt Dudley came in next and finished out his senior season, as well as regular season with an accomplished time of 27:09, which was just one second off his personal best.

Senior Ben Macdonald finished with a time of 27:36, and senior Ian Connell with a time of 27:37.

The Owls will take on their next meet next Saturday, Oct. 28 at their very own home course.

They will be hosting the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship.

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