Nov. 18, 2012
The Siena Cross Country teams finished the season strong Saturday at the 2012 Division I ECAC/IC4A Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The men finished fourth overall - a 10-place improvement from last year - while the women were a much improved 13th overall.
"I'm really excited where this program is headed," said head coach Joanne Dow. "Our finish speaks volumes of where we are going with this team."
The finish for both teams was the culmination of a much improved season for both squads. A pair of freshmen - Nick Miller for the men and Christie MacFarlane for the women - were once again the Saints' top finishers respectively proving that the future is bright.
"For the freshman class coming in as young runners with not a lot of experience and performing how they did this year, gives us a solid foundation to build upon," added Dow.
The men finished just behind only MAAC rival Fairfield, Rutgers and host school Fordham, while placing ahead of conference rivals Manhattan and Loyola in the 16-team field. Last season, the Saints had finished 14th in the race.
Miller concluded the season as the men's top finisher for a second straight race. He finished the five-mile run 14th overall with a time of 26:34.9.
Classmate Tom Higgins was second for the Saints and 29th overall in the 151-runner field with a time of 27:00.1.
The women's team, which finished last a year ago, improved by nine places to finish 13th overall in the 19-team women's 5K run.
MacFarlane finished 16th overall and second amongst MAAC competitors in the 177-runner field. She completed the 5K course in a time of 19:03.2. Classmate Molly Maguire was second on the team and 43rd overall with a time of 19:38.8.