Nov. 19, 2011
Siena Cross Country put a bow on its 2011 season Saturday afternoon, running in the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The men's team finished 14th overall while the women checked in at 22nd.
"This was a tough note on which to end our season," said head coach Alison Wade. "We proved three weeks ago at MAAC Championships that we are a better team than this. We'll learn from this experience and make adjustments next year, but for now, we'll turn our focus towards making sure we have the best track season a Siena team has had in at least 20 years."
Ryan Egan, who started the season strong, finished on a high note in leading the men's squad. Egan finished 69th overall running the 8K in 27:53.
Nick Grudev (27:59) and Ian Donnelly (28:01) finished close behind for the Saints.
"Ian has played an instrumental role in turning this program around," noted Wade. "We thank him for all he has done for this program, and we're hoping he'll have an outstanding track season before we send him on to graduate school."
On the women's side freshman Chelsea Needham paced the squad with a time of 20:19 in the 5K. Cara Riley was the Saints' second finisher, coming in just nine seconds behind.
"Chelsea had one of her best races of the season today," Wade said. "We wanted her to run an aggressive race because it was a very crowded field, and she executed the race plan perfectly. We know that this is just the tip of the iceberg for her and that she has all of the qualities necessary to have a huge impact on our program over the next three years."
"Cara has had a tremendous positive impact on our team this season, not just in terms of her running performance, but also her work ethic, leadership, and enjoyable personality," added Wade. "She's been a great addition and we'll be sorry to see her go."