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Cross country proves its worth at Inter-Regional Rumble

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 09:00 pm
The men's cross country team is running in a pack in the middle of a race at the University of Rochester in 2018.
The men's cross country team is running in a pack in the middle of a race at the University of Rochester in 2018.

The College at Brockport men’s and women’s cross country squads made the four-and-a-half hour voyage to Oberlin, Ohio this weekend for the Inter-Regionals Rumble. Both sides were given the opportunity to show off their abilities in a competitive race with a much larger field of runners than usual. 

The men took on 38 teams, grabbing an impressive sixth place finish. Senior Sean Kuehn led the green and gold, placing fourth out of the 339 runners competing, adding another strong performance to an already impressive final campaign. Kuehn has put faith in the coaching staff this season, staying consistent with his workouts to see the best results possible. A healthy team environment has made it easy for Kuehn to focus on the races. 

“I had a very consistent year of training last year and things started to click last outdoor season and this cross [country] season it really started to click,” Kuehn said. “Training under [Brockport head] coach [John] Davis has also helped a lot. I feel very confident mentally when I talk to him and I respond really well to his training.” 

The solid performance by the Golden Eagles would not be possible without the depth they have been able to have had throughout the season. Sophomore Humberto Wallace Jr. came through with another top 20 performance, taking 14th place with a time of 25:03.6. Senior Gerard Connelly rounded out the top 50 running a mark of 25:46.3. 

Kuehn was proud of the way the team performed in such a big meet, with a majority of the men running personal bests. The Golden Eagles were able to keep pace with teams that hold a spot in the national rankings due to the strong performances. 

“Almost everyone on the team pr’d [set a personal record] and we were sixth [as a team], but lost to five nationally ranked teams and beat one,” Kuehn said. “I was really happy with my race, breaking 25 [minutes] was always a pretty far out goal for me, but I knew I could do it. Just really happy the hard work we are putting in as a team is starting to show.” 

On the women’s side, the Golden Eagles took 27th out of 32 teams, continuing to grow and develop their young roster. Junior Abbygail Clouden lead the charge for the women, taking 105th with a time of 23:30.2 for a six kilometer run. Junior Sarah Tinley and sophomore Molly Kazba stayed relatively close, taking 161st and 174th, respectively. Tingley crossed the finish line in 24:21.6 while Kazba came 15 seconds later, stopping the clock at 24:35.1. 

Just like the men, most of the athletes on the women’s side were able to put up a personal best time, showing more improvement every week. Clouden has high hopes for her teammates as they move into championship season, excited to see what the squad can do moving forward. 

“The meet this weekend went really well, all the girls had a season best time, seven out of 10 girls ran a personal best,” Clouden said. “Overall, I think it was a successful trip for the team and I’m excited to see what both teams can do at SUNYAC’s Nov. 2 at New Paltz.” 

As the Golden Eagles get ready for the championship stages, which begin in two weeks, the men’s team looks to be a serious contender after holding strong with some of the best teams in the nation. For the women, the rest of the season should help add experience, stacking more improvement on their young block of talent to build on. Each squad needs to stick to the script, staying true to the training they have been using all season. Resting the top athletes in the first half of the season has paid off, benefiting the team when it needs their best efforts. 

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