Oct. 13, 2012
Siena Cross Country freshman Christie MacFarlane ran second overall on the women's side and Ryan Egan posted a fourth place finish for the men at the Fifth Annual Fr. Laurence O'Neil, S.J. Invitational. The women finished fourth as a team, while the men posted their second consecutive second place finish in the program's final tuneup before the MAAC Championships in two weeks.
"There is still progress yet to be made, but today was an awesome result," said head coach Joanne Dow. "In our final tuneup before MAAC's in two weeks, I am really happy with where we are."
MacFarlane and Egan once again placed as the Saints' top women's and men's finishers for the fourth time in four races this season. MacFarlane led the women's squad in the eight-team field, while Egan and the men finished just behind champion Canisius, but ahead of tournament host Fairfield in the nine-team competition.
"Both Christie and Ryan have continued to improve each race and are becoming more confident racers," added Dow.
MacFarlane completed the 5K run in a time of 19:07, finishing just off the pace of Wagner's Alexis Bivona. Seniors Chrissy DelSanto (13th - 20:06) and Lia Gizzarelli (25th - 21:03) gave the Saints a trio of top-25 finishers in the 69-runner field.
Egan ran the 8K course in 26:06 which was just 22 seconds off the pace. The trio of Devin Bennett (26:33), Brendan Gregg (26:42) and Nick Grudev (26:45) ran nearly in unison throughout the duration in finishing 14th, 15th and 16th respectively.
The Saints still have three races left on the 2012 schedule, but perhaps non more important than the next one. Siena will travel to ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The women's race begins at 8 a.m. while the men race at 8:45 a.m. and all the action will be televised on ESPN3.