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Cross country makes strides at latest meet

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Tue, Oct 1st 2019 09:00 pm
Kayleigh Hildreth finished fifth among Brockport's female runners at this past weekend's race. The women's team finished 10th out of the 21 teams that competed.
Kayleigh Hildreth finished fifth among Brockport's female runners at this past weekend's race. The women's team finished 10th out of the 21 teams that competed.

The College at Brockport men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Mount Morris, NY on Saturday, Sept. 28 to participate in the Mike Woods Invitational hosted by SUNY Geneseo. Both teams were able to post impressive performances against some upper-level talent, showing off the hard work they have been putting in throughout the season.

Junior Katie Adams noticed some positive things on both the men’s and women’s side. Both teams are starting to come together, showing signs of improvement due to the effort given in each race this past weekend.

“Overall, I think this was a solid weekend for both the men’s and women’s teams,” Adams said. “The times for both races weren’t as fast as we’ve seen at the Geneseo meet before, but everyone on both sides competed hard and made the most of the day.”

After a week of rest for the top runners on the men’s side, the Golden Eagles were able to grab a third place finish out of 24 teams, putting four athletes in the top 25 runners. Senior Sean Kuehn crossed the finish line first for the Golden Eagles, taking seventh place out of 314 runners with a time of 25:57.6.

Kuehn was proud of the performance his team was able to put up in Saturday’s race. He believes his teammates are progressing both individually and as a team and prepared for the latter half of the season, which is quickly approaching.

“The guys did well this past weekend, this was definitely a step in the right direction,” Kuehn said. “We are looking forward to pre-regionals in two weeks, which will be good competition in our region, and Oberlin in three weeks, which will be good out-of-region competition.”

Sophomore Humberto Wallace Jr. followed closely behind Kuehn, securing a ninth place finish with a time of 26:04.8. Senior Gerald Connelly and junior Marius Sidlauskas went step-for-step the entire race, coming within 10 seconds of each other. Connelly ran a time of 26:34.3 coming in 21st, while Sidlaukas rounded out the top 25, crossing the line with a mark of 26:43.4.

On the women’s side, Brockport showed more improvement as it came in the middle of a tough pack, grabbing 10th out of 21 teams. Junior Abbygail Clouden led the way for the women’s side, taking 43rd place with a mark of 24:17.8 in the six kilometer run. Freshman Sarah Davis was the next runner to cross the line for the Golden Eagles, placing 57th with a time of 24:56.9. Juniors Sarah Tingley and Katie Adams ran side-by-side, finishing 75th and 76th.

Adams believes good teamwork during races will help improve their performances as a team and individuals. Heading toward championship season, the women look to come together as one, pushing each other to new heights.

“On the women’s side, I think we need to work on packing up and running together more throughout the race,” Adams said. “It seemed like the third mile of the race is where people kind of fell off, but other than that I think we did a good job staying competitive and trying to push up throughout the race.”

On Saturday, Oct. 5, both sides are headed to Caneadea, NY for the Highlander Invitational, which is hosted by Houghton College. The top runners for the men’s and women’s sides will be taking the meet off, saving their legs for championship season. The SUNYAC championship is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2.

With the season panning out the way both sides planned, the players on the men’s and women’s teams each look to reach their personal and team goals, taking the season week-by-week. With championship season creeping up, each side is getting closer to peak form.

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