Le Moyne Cross Country Sweeps at Cazenovia

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CAZENOVIA, NY––Having faced true adversity for the first time this season, the Le Moyne men’s cross country team has proven just how strong their team really is. If there was any doubt regarding the team’s strength, it was erased by the end of Cazenovia’s 8K course. Without number two and four runners Nick Taylor and Chris Davitt, the Dolphins resorted to good ole fashion guts and mental fortitude, which allowed them to grab a number one finish at Cazenovia.                                                                                                                                   

Dom Battaglia, who finished third for the Dolphins and eighth overall in 30 minutes flat, felt satisfied with their performance without Davitt and Taylor.                                                                                                                                     “With two key guys out, I still feel like we’re strong, and we’re getting stronger,” he said.                                            The same sentiments were shared by teammate Ryan Homeyer, who was the fifth Dolphin to cross the line with a time of 31:02.                                                                                                                                                                                “I think today we really saw how strong of a team we are, especially by pushing off each other during the race, and fighting to keep with and pass our opposition,” said Homeyer.                                                                                               Other notable finishes on the men’s included junior Sean Beney’s performance, who placed second overall in 27:04 and started the scoring for the Dolphins. In third place overall and second on the team was sophomore Griffin Klein with a time of 28:39. Rookie Nick Skakal crossed the finish line for fourteenth overall with a time of 30:52.                                                                                                                                                                                                         On the women’s side, it was an incredibly dominant victory over the 5K course. The Dolphins were able to have their first six runners cross the finish line, and more impressively, had 10 runners finish within the top 12. They swept the meet for a low score of 15 points, 34 points better than Cazenovia, who finished the meet in second place with a score of 49. The Dolphins were led by junior Jeannette Cudney with a first place finish of 20:09, and sophomore Brittany Mack 40 seconds behind Cudney in second. Freshman Siara Clos finished third, five seconds behind Mack with a time of 20:54. Rachel Miller and Jordan Sloan placed fourth and fifth with times of 21:08 and 21:38, respectively.                                                                                                                           

“We’ve worked really hard on pack running, and putting pressure on the opposing runners,” said Cudney.                Rookie Siara Clos was on the same page. “We’ve mimicked this [pack running] in practice. That way we can emulate the situations that might happen during the races.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Next, the Dolphins have set their sights on the historically competitive Hamilton College Invitational, their last regular season meet on Oct. 8.                                                                                                                                                                        “This upcoming meet, we’re looking to achieve some personal goals before we focus more on placement in our championship races,” said Clos. “Hopefully we’ll get a final PR [personal record] and work together to focus more on pack running and be as competitive as possible before NE-10s.”