Sept. 15, 2012
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Siena Cross Country continued to show progress Saturday as the teams competed in the 18th Annual Br. John "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Junior Ryan Egan led the Saints, posting the fastest 8K time of any Siena runner on the Van Cortlandt Park course in over a decade.
"I'm pleased with where both teams have started the season and on the men's side we are making progress towards one of the better seasons we've had in recent memory," said head coach Joanne Dow. "The past two weeks have really shown that we are moving in the right direction."
The men's team ran ninth in the 14-team field, while the women finished 10th of 12 teams in an event that featured numerous regionally ranked teams across the Div. I, II and III levels.
Egan, who was also the top men's finisher at the season-opening Nassaney Invitational, headlined the event. He finished the 8K course in a time of 26:25, marking the fastest finish by a Siena men's runner at Van Cortlandt Park in over a decade.
Egan, who finished 27th overall, was followed closely by sophomore Nick Grudev. He finished in a time of 26:42 which was good for the third fastest men's time in the past decade, trailing only Egan and Brendan Gregg's time of 26:28.4 at last season's MAAC Championship race.
Meanwhile the women were led for a second straight race by freshmen Christie MacFarlane and Molly Maguire as the top-two finishers. MacFarlane finished the 6K course in a time of 23:39 to place 19th overall, while Maguire ran in a time of 24:45.
The Saints return to the course on Sept. 29 at the UAlbany Invitational.