Men and Women’s Cross Country in NCAA East Regional

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Hopkinton, N.H.–– The Le Moyne Dolphins men’s and women’s cross country teams competed Sat, Nov. 5 at the NCAA East Regional in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Despite the cold weather, the men’s team placed 9th out of 23 teams, finishing six spots higher than a season ago, while also making it the highest finish in 12 seasons for the men’s program. On the women’s side, the Dolphins placed 12th out of 28 teams, moving up one spot higher than their team performance last year. Two Dolphins claimed all-regional honors: Junior Sean Beney of the men’s squad claimed his first career honor with a 22nd place finish in a time of 33:20 over the 10K course, and was the men’s program’s first regional honor since 2009. Junior Jeanette Cudney claimed her second consecutive all-region honor in her career, timing 22:53.4 through the six-kilometer course, her best of the year, placing 24th overall.

On the way to a 9th place finish, Beney started the scoring for the men, placing 22nd. Freshmen Nick Taylor and Chris Davitt finished 55th and 58th, respectively, in times of 33:41 and 33:52. Sophomore Griffin Klein kept up the pace, crossing the finish line with a time of 34:14, good for a 68th place finish, a full 26 places better than last year. The scoring ended with freshman Dom Battaglia placing 110th with a time of 35:59.7.

“Our goal for the race was for Nick Taylor, Chris Davitt and I to be really close to each other,” said sophomore Griffin Klein. “We all do better when we push off each other.”

The men’s team had extra motivation to pursue the program’s best finish in 12 seasons. Former team captain Adam Zinger was in attendance at the race.

“Zinger was our morale booster and we wanted to make him proud,” said Senior Ryan Homeyer. Klein and captain Sean Beney shared the same sentiments. “He was huge for us.”

The women’s team started the scoring with Cudney’s 24th place finish. Sophomore Rachel Miller placed 46th with a personal record time of 23:29.8. Freshman Siara Clos registered an 84th place finish with a personal record of 24:20. Classmate Jill Stagnitta joined the onslaught of personal bests being recorded, crossing the finish line in 24:29.4, placing 89th overall. In her final cross country race of her collegiate career, senior Elena Doctor had a career best time of 24:46.0, placing 100th to round out the scoring for the Dolphins. The future looks bright for the women’s team as they return four of their top five runners next season, and will look for continuous improvement to build off of a very strong season.

The men’s team finished the season with a 9th place NCAA East Region ranking, reaching their goal of being regionally ranked to close out the season.

“We obviously have a lot of work to do to be where we want to be (qualifying for Nationals), but we’re returning all of our top five from this year with the hopes for a strong freshman class,” said Captain Sean Beney. “This season proved we can be a contender, and we think teams in our conference and region are scared about what damage we can do in the coming years.”

The Le Moyne cross country teams finished up a very strong season for the program. Now the distance squads look forward to a strong indoor season, looking to add onto what has shaped up to be a very impressive conclusion to a great cross country season.