Le Moyne Cross Country Moving Up

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Le Moyne cross country is off and running in the beginning of what has shaped up to be a historic season for the men’s team so far. On Sept. 20, the USTFCCCA released their NCAA regional rankings for the second time this season, ranking the Dolphins at 10th overall in the East Region. The ranking also had them at 8th overall in the Northeast-10 Conference. This made it the first time in over 15 years that the men’s cross country team has been ranked in the East Region.

“No one has really reacted any different than if we weren’t ranked,” said men’s team captain Sean Beney. “We know just how good we are and to be recognized for that is nice, but we also know that we still have more work to do.”

Beney also mentioned that the strong season the men’s team is partly because of the dedication shown by freshman runners and the improvements made by the sophomore runners. Sophomore Griffin Klein has resumed his role as Le Moyne’s number three runner and has only gotten stronger from last season, running a time of 26:36.7 this past weekend at St. Lawrence University’s Ronald C. Hoffmann Invite, finishing 16th.

There is certainly no doubt that the freshman have made an impact to this fairly young Dolphin team with rookies Nick Taylor and Chris Davitt placing 10th and 22nd respectively this weekend. Add in rookie Dom Battaglia as the fifth Le Moyne runner, finishing with a time of 28:58 and placing 50th, helping the team to a third place finish at St. Lawrence, losing only by two points to runner-up SUNY Potsdam and a

nationally-ranked NCAA Division III St. Lawrence team.

“The freshman have had a huge impact,” said Beney. “I think four of our top seven are freshman this year and that makes for a bright future. We hope for a top five conference finish. We’re currently ranked eighth but you’ve got to keep your goals high.”

The women’s team also had a respectable performance at the Ronald C. Hoffman invite, junior Jeanette Cudney placing 5th overall for the Dolphin women and sophomore teammate Brittney Mack finishing 8th. Freshmen runners Siara Clos and Jordan Sloan both crossed the finish line in 26th and 29th respectively with times of 24:31 and 24:53. The fifth Dolphin runner to finish the team’s scoring was junior Shania Hayward with a time of 25:01.5, which gave her a 30th place finish. The women’s team as a whole finished fourth overall for the meet behind strong teams such as Clarkson, Plattsburgh State, and the eventual winner St. Lawrence University. The lady Dolphins are currently ranked 5th in the NE-10 and 7th in the East Region.

The Dolphins continue their regular season at the Cazenovia College Homecoming Invitational at Fenner Field in Cazenovia this Saturday, Oct. 1.