Nov. 23, 2013
Both the Siena men's and women's cross country teams had impressive showings in their final race of 2013. The men finished 10th of 20 teams while Christie MacFarlane ran 18th overall, earning All-East honors for the women at the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
"The men really pulled together for this last race and put up a solid performance," said head coach John Kenworthy. "With a 32-second spread we definitely used our pack strength to our advantage. Days like this show that we are on the verge of some breakthroughs and we'll take that momentum into the spring season and beyond."
Senior captain Ryan Egan paced the Saints in his final collegiate race. He finished 35th overall with a time of 26:46.5 on the 8K course with teammate Nick Miller close behind in 38th place with a time of 26:48.8 in the 186-runner field.
"The men raced well all the way through the end of the season," added Kenworthy. "Overall, I think we've shown that we have the pieces to be a championship caliber team as soon as next year."
Thanks to another strong race from MacFarlane, the women placed 13th of 17 teams and ahead of MAAC rival Manhattan in the 5K race. MacFarlane finished with a Van Cortlandt Park personal best time of 18:53.4 and was second amongst MAAC runners. Freshman Kelly Pasko was second again for the Saints, finishing 36th with a time of 19:22.6.
"Christie finished an already great season with one more fantastic race," noted Kenworthy. "Overall, the women's team has come a long way this fall led by some young leaders and we are setting ourselves up for some great things in the coming years. The bar has been raised and by the time we toe the line next September, I expect us to be picking up right where we left off and more."