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Cross country teams head in opposite directions

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 17th 2019 09:15 pm
Senior Alex Burg (#20) and sophomore Humberto Wallace Jr. (#28) each had solid finishes for Brockport at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Senior Alex Burg (#20) and sophomore Humberto Wallace Jr. (#28) each had solid finishes for Brockport at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The College at Brockport men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to the nearby University of Rochester this past weekend for the Yellow Jacket Invitational. Following a decent showing in the season opener at the Hamilton Short Course Invitational the week before, the Golden Eagles look to improve their marks as the season progresses.

The Yellow Jacket Invitational was the first outing of the season for the top runners on the men’s side. Senior Sean Kuehn, who was able to grab a second place finish, acknowledged that sitting out the first meet had some positives for him. 

“8 [kilometer races] are fatiguing on the body,” Kuehn said. “You can only do so many in one season. Our championships are in November, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to race in such an early meet.”

Behind Kuehn’s dominant performance and some excellent placement from other team members, the men’s squad was able to snag a fourth place finish out of 18 teams. Sophomore Humberto Wallace Jr. and senior Gerald Connelly were able to make their way into the top 25, finishing 18th and 22nd with times of 26:34.0 and 26:42.7, respectively. Junior John Boyzok put up a time of 27:11.1 and grabbed 34th, while sophomore Ethan Carey found his way into the top 50, placing 44th with a time of 27:24.3.

“It was the first meet so I wasn’t that nervous, it felt more like going into a workout then a race,” Kuehn said following his second place finish. “I wanted to go out pretty reserved in the first half and pick it up in the second. I felt much better than I thought I was going to and also finished better.”

With a good mindset and a healthy start to the season, the team looks like it may be a force to be reckoned with as the season continues moving forward.

The women’s team fought hard as well, but took home 12th place out of 18 teams. This was the first official 6k for the women this season, as they ran a 4k last weekend in Hamilton. Junior Abby Clouden was the top finisher for the Golden Eagles, placing 42nd with a time of 24:22.8. Clouden thought her team put up great times for the first 6k of the season and has high hopes for the squad as the season progresses. 

“I think as a whole we gave a good effort for running our first full 6k this season,” Clouden said. “After running that, we now know what and where we need to work on in our races to improve for next time and I’m excited to see how the rest of the season goes.”

Like Clouden, the rest of the ladies gave their all, having three more runners place in the top 100. Freshman Sarah Davis took 74th with a mark of 25:05.9, junior Katie Adams came in at 81st, posting a time of 25:19.2. Sophomore Molly Kazba rounded out the top 100 with a time of 24.41.0.

With a relativity young squad and strong promise for the future, the women’s cross country team has room for improvement as it moves through the season. Heading into SUNYAC competition in the weeks to come, the ladies will be a squad to look out for when a championship is on the line.

Next week, both sides travel to Robert Wesleyan for the Harry F. Anderson Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21. As in the first meet, the men’s team will be resting its top runners to preserve their strength for the long and promising season ahead. For the women, it’s another opportunity to get on the course to give the young talent more experience.

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