Successful first meet for the women’s and men’s cross country teams

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are back in action with their first meet of the year happening this past weekend. The UMass Dartmouth Invitational was successful for both the women’s team and the men’s team doing well.

Top performers of the meet are as follows, starting with the women’s team: Grace Furlong was 50th overall in the 5K course with a time of 19:40.30. This race consisted of 234 other runners.

First-Year Sarah Ames was right behind Furlong in 52nd place, with a time of 19:41.50 Hannah Jones (139th, 21:10.70), Aurora Couto (143rd, 21:18.50), and Juliana Yialiades (186th, 22:52.30) completed the Owls top five.

As a team, the Owls scored 17 out of the 30 other competitors. They were also the fastest of the other LEC (Little East Conference) schools beating out Eastern Connecticut State, UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State, Southern Maine and UMass Boston.

For the men, Jacob Pearl was the first Owl across the line ending in 58th place with a time of 26:14.20 on the 8K course.

Right behind Pearl was Rob St. Laurent in 84th place and Zander Egervari in 164th place with times of 16:36.70 and 28:21 respectively.

Clayton Rodgers, Sam Hennedy, and Ted Rockwell, also competed and finished in 210th, 220th and 234th respectively.

The men ended up finishing 24th out of the 33 teams in their division. UMass Lowell, a division one school came out on top as the overall team champion while Trinity College was the highest Division III school, finishing second overall.

The Owls will not be competing again until October 2, hosting the Keene State College Invitational.

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