The Siena Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs got a first-foot feel for the MAAC Championship course at the Henry Mercer Monmouth Cross Country Invitational at Holmdel Park. Both the men and women finished fourth as a team.
“I’m very pleased with our results today. We had goals centered around learning the MAAC Championships course during this race, and I think we came away with a lot of positive feedback,” said head coach John Kenworthy. “Our performances will grow over the course of the season, this is just a starting point for us, but it’s clear that we have set a firm foundation from which to build over the next eight weeks.”
Leading the way for the men was sophomore Evans Kibet who came in fourth place in the five mile race. Kibet finished in 26:34.70, 10 seconds behind Kyle Mueller from Monmouth who took the race title. Sophomore Michael Rautter finished in the top-10 with his seventh place coming in at a time of 26:51.30.
Jack O’Hara came in through the chute at 27:13.49 to take 16th place in the 113 man field. Senior Travis Fairlee and sophomore Stosh Davis came in respective places of 21st and 25th in times of 27:28.18 and 27:36.85. Senior Shaun VanBuskirk and freshman Aidan Canavan rounded out the scoring on the men’s side as they finished in 27:49.54 and 28:10.82, respectively.
On the women’s side, junior Sarah Forman led the way with her seventh place finish and time of 18:49.75 in the 5k. Sophomores Carolyn Pellegrini and Camryn Johnson ran sub-20 minute 5k to come in 22nd and 29th, respectively. Pellegrini finished in 19:32.38, while Johnson finished in 19:42.70.
Freshman Monica Strain came in 33rd in the 124 women field in a time of 19:48.31. Juniors Serena Rizzo and Meghan McDonough came in through the chute in respective times of 20:24.99 and 20:35.68. Freshman Morgan Serkes rounded out the women’s scoring with her time of 20:37.15.
The Saints will travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the Paul Short Run on Friday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m.