Sept. 29, 2012
Siena Men's Cross Country ran second and the women were fourth in the four-team UAlbany Invitational field Saturday morning. Ryan Egan once again paced the men's squad in the 8K running third overall, while Christie MacFarlane was the top women's finisher for the third straight race.
"Ryan had another great race for us today," commented head coach Joanne Dow. "And I couldn't be happier for Devin Bennett. He really had a big breakthrough race."
Egan completed the course in 25:44 and was just 31 seconds behind individual champion Ethan Clary of host UAlbany. Bennett meanwhile placed a strong second overall on the squad - and seventh overall amongst 50 competitors - with a time of 26:19.
Meanwhile the women's team continued to make great strides. This year's top-5 Siena finishers had better than a two-minute faster finish than last year's top-5 on this course.
"The women looked really strong," added Dow. "They have made great strides and everyone has improved dramatically since our first meet."
For the third straight race to begin the year, freshmen MacFarlane and Molly Maguire were a close 1-2 amongst the Siena finishers. MacFarlane ran the 5K course in a time of 18:50 to place seventh overall, while Maguire was hot on her heels right behind her at 18:55.
The Saints get back on the course in two weekends when they run in the Fr. Laurence O'Neil Invitational hosted by Fairfield University on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m.