Men’s and Women’s XC compete at NE-10 Championships

Westfield, Mass- Over the course of the last four years, the Le Moyne College Cross-Country program has continued to improve. Making strides in the realms of collegiate competition, training, and prospective athlete recruitment have brought the distance running program to a crossroad. This past weekend at the Northeast-10 XC Championships, the Dolphins finally came to a milestone as the Le Moyne women finished fourth in the conference, while the men finished eighth.

In comparison to only a season ago, the LMC women made the switch from eighth in the conference in in 2016 to one of the top teams in the NE-10. As for the men, they’ve moved up four spots from 2014 and were within a minimal point deficit from a top five finish.

As for the individual times and places for the Dolphin women, rookie Eva Keohane led Le Moyne claiming an 18th place finish in a time of 22:41.92 over the 6K course. Brittany Mack was the second Dolphin to cross the tape, finishing in a time of 23:15.85, finishing in 27th. Jeanette Cudney was the third ‘Phin to finish the race, putting forth a strong performance on her way to a 40th finish in a time of 23:30.57. Freshmen runner Haleigh Pascual claimed a 47th finish with a time of 23:51.22 in her first championship appearance. Rounding out the scoring for the Dolphins with a time of 23:54.13 was Siara Clos, finishing right behind Pascual for a 48th finish.

On the men’s side, Sean Beney placed ninth finishing in a time of 25:27.28, recording All-Conference honors in the process. The next Dolphin to cross the finish line was sophomore Chris Davitt who placed 22nd in a time of 25:57.86. Finishing 27th on the afternoon was another sophomore in Nick Taylor who paced to an impressive time of 26:12.61. Griffin Klein was the fourth ‘Phin to finish the race recording a 49th place finish on his way to a hard fought time of 27:01.67. The final ‘Phin to score was Dom Battaglia who placed 111th, finishing with a time of 29:04.56.

The Dolphins are off this week before they travel to Daemen College in Amherst, NY on November 4th, for the NCAA East Regional. For a program that has been rebuilt within the past four years, a major milestone moment would be if a ‘Phin or ‘Phins qualified for the NCAA Championships. We’ll all be sure to watch intently as the Dolphins prepare to take the plunge into very competitive waters for the 2017 season.