CAMBRIDGE, Mass – The two individual champions at the 45th UAlbany Invitational can also call themselves America East cross country performers of the week. Albany’s Paul Lagno (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook) and New Hampshire’s Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass./Triton) each ran their teams to wins over the weekend, and were honored for their performance.
Lagno collects his second performer of the week honor of the season after successfully defending his UAlbany Invitational crown by finishing ahead of 184 participants clocking an 8K time of 24:42.6. His efforts led the Danes to their second consecutive Invitational title and their fourth top-five finish this season.
Maguire back-boned the Wildcats’ first-place effort at the UAlbany Invitational completing the 5K course in 17:22. The junior was also the top finisher for the Wildcats at the Paul Short Invitational, placing 25th overall.
The Albany men’s cross country team placed three harriers in the top-five, scoring a total of 36 points to defend their UAlbany Invitational title. Paul Lagno won the race and was followed closely by teammates Chris Burke (Tully, N.Y./SUNY Delhi) and Ethan Clary (Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville Central) who finished second and fourth, respectively. The Great Dane men jumped two places in the USTFCCCA regional rankings to No. 8. The women raced to a third-place finish led by Kathryn Fanning (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) who completed the 5K in 17:58.6. Emily Finnegan (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie Central) finished 14th in 18:22.2 for the Danes. Albany has the week of before hosting the 2011 America East Championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Freshman Cal Michaels (Apalachin, N.Y./Vestal) was seventh overall in the men’s race and graduate student Ashley Horton (Candor, N.Y./Candor) was 16th in the women’s race highlighting Binghamton’s performances at the UAlbany Invitational on Saturday. Michaels completed the 8K course in 25:51 while junior Vasili Papastrat (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) was ninth in 25:54. The Bearcat men, who finished second, had a total of four racers place in the top-20. Horton, meanwhile, ran the women’s 5K in 18:29 to lead her team to an eighth-place finish. Both squads are off this week before running in the America East Championship on Oct. 29 in Albany.
Boston University did not race this week and will return to the trails this weekend at Franklin Park, hosting the Mayor’s Cup in Boston, Mass. The idle week kept the Terriers at their posts in the regional rankings with the men checking in at No. 12 and the women at No. 14.
Six Hartford runners set personal records at the UAlbany Invitational over the weekend en route to a pair of ninth-place team finishes. Sophomore Megan Barry (South Yarmouth, Mass./Yarmouth Regional) and rookie Sam Crisafulli (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) led the women finishing 25th and 42nd respectively. A pair of seniors took the top two slots on Hartford scoreboard on the men’s side with Andrew Chalmers (Ashland, N.H./Plymouth) serving as the top-finisher. Chalmers placed 16th overall in 26:05.7 while Kevin Brandon (Lewisberry, Pa./Frostburg St.) claimed 36th. Hartford races next at the America East Championship on Oct. 29.
Maine had the week off and won’t race again until the America East Championship.
Both UMBC cross country squads placed 10th last weekend at the Princeton Invitational. Senior Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) led the women’s team placing 18th overall in a time of 23:38 in the 6K race. Junior TJ Cowing (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) paced the UMBC men placing 41st, completing the 6K course in a season best 25:39. The men check in at No. 14 in the latest Mid-Atlantic regional rankings. Both teams have the week off before traveling to Albany for the conference championships on Oct. 29.
New Hampshire turned in a good showing at the UAlbany Invitational with the men placing fourth and the women capturing first place for the second straight year. The Wildcats occupied the top-four places in the women’s race led by junior Keely Maguire who finished first overall in 17:22. Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.), sophomore Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and junior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) grabbed those three spots in times of 17:43, 17:46 and 17:47, respectively. Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills) placed 15th overall for the men in 26:02 and Andrew Dionne (Westerly, R.I.) also finished in the top-30, placing 27th in 26:19. Despite the win, the New Hampshire women fell one spot in the regional rankings to No. 12.
Stony Brook’s women’s cross country team finished 30th overall at the 2011 Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday. Hayley Green (Wellington, New Zealand) led the way finishing 24th overall in the 6K in 20:40 against some of the best athletes in the country. The Seawolves fell one rank to No. 9 in the Northeast region. The Stony Brook men rode a fifth-place showing from sophomore Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand) to a sixth-place team finish at the Princeton Invitational. Speakman ran the 8K in 25:04, which is his best time as a Seawolf. The men’s and women’s sqauds will be back in action on Oct. 21 at the Central Connecticut Mini Meet.
Vermont swept the St. Michael’s Invitational taking first in both the men’s and women’s races. The Cats placed three runners in the top-five and all seven of its runners in the top-10 in the women’s 5K race. Vermont was led by senior Marisa Guerette (West Chester, Pa./Unionville), who finished second overall in a time of 19:27. Andy Stillman (Norfolk, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) was the top men’s runner for UVM finishing second at St. Michael’s in 27:16. Vermont runners placed second through fifth overall. The women stood pat as the No. 15 team in the Northeast region. Next up for the Catamounts is the America East Championship on Oct. 29.