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Lucy Van Dalen won the Notre Dame Invitational en route to earning Performer of the Week.
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Stony Brook’s Van Dalen, Binghamton’s Van Ingen Earn Weekly Honors

Release: 10/05/2010
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Stony Brook University senior Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand/Wanganui Collegiate) and Binghamton University senior Erik van Ingen (Marathon, N.Y./Marathon/Canisius) raced their way to earning America East Cross Country Performer of the Week honors for the fourth week of the 2010 season. Behind Van Dalen’s performance, the Seawolves enter the USTFCCCA National poll at No. 12, the team’s first national ranking since 2008.

Van Dalen raced for the first time in 2010, winning the Notre Dame Invitational on October 1. The senior crossed the finish line of the 5k race in 16:22. Van Dalen finished ahead of runners from national powers like No.1 Villanova, No. 2 Florida State, No. 5 Oregon and No. 12 New Mexico as she helped the Seawolves to a fifth-place team finish. At last year’s America East championship meet, Van Dalen finished third overall.

Van Ingen, the 2009 America East individual cross country champion, ran in the Lehigh Paul Short Run on October 1. He placed eighth overall out of 387 runners in the “Gold” race at the event, crossing the finish line in 24:04 for the 8k race. Van Ingen led the Bearcats to a 10th-place finish in the meet. Last season at this event, van Ingen finished 15th.

The University at Albany competed at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday morning at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. The men’s team landed a seventh place finish out of 38 scoring teams while the women placed 15th out of 35 scoring teams. The Albany men, ranked No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast regional ranking, were led by sophomore Alex Leuchanka (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), who placed 42nd among 323 runners by navigating the 8,000-meter circuit in a personal-best time of 24:37.99. Leuchanka was one of four Great Dane sophomores to finish in the team’s top five. The Albany women were paced by Emily Finnegan (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie Central), who finished first on the team for the third time in a row, placing 69th overall among 302 runners in 18:16 on the 5,000-meter course. Four of Albany’s top-five finishers were underclassmen for the second straight meet. The Great Danes return to action on Saturday, October 16 to host the 44th UAlbany Invitational on the University Campus Course.

The Binghamton University cross country teams competed in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on October 1. The men’s team finished 10th out of 42 teams in the men’s “Gold” race and are currently ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA Northeast region. The women placed 29th out of 41 teams in the women’s “Gold” race. The men were paced by senior Erik van Ingen, who placed eighth overall in a time of 24:04 on the 8,000-meter course. Van Ingen cracked the top 10 in the meet for the first time in his career. There were 387 runners in the men’s meet. The women were paced by sophomore Lindsay Raulli (North Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero North Syracuse), who placed 85th overall with a time of 22:01 for the 6k race. The Bearcats will next compete on October 16 when the women’s team runs at the Albany Invitational while the men will have a split squad, with part of the team going to Albany and part going to the Pre-National meet, hosted by Indiana State.

For the second-straight week, Boston University did not race. The next competition for the Terriers will be October 9, when they participate in the New England Championship, held at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., site of the 2010 America East Championship meet.

The University of Hartford did not have a race this past weekend. The Hawks, both the men and women, will return to action on Saturday, October 9 at the New England Championship.

The University of Maine hosted a dual meet against Holy Cross in Orono, Maine, on Saturday. The Black Bears swept the meet with the men winning by a score of 19-38 and the women winning, 18-38. With the performance, the Maine men’s team moved up three spots in the USTFCCCA Northeast regional rankings this week, coming in at No. 11. The women came in at No. 14 in this week’s regional rankings. The men were paced by junior Riley Masters (Bangor, Maine/Bangor), who won the race with a time of 24:13 on the 8k course. The women were led once again by junior Corey Conner (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex Regional), who finished the 5k course first overall with a time of 17:33. The Black Bear men and women will participate in the New England Championship on October 9.

UMBC cross country ran in the Paul Short run at Lehigh on October 1. The men finished 35th out of 42 teams in the “Gold” race. The women also placed 35th. Junior Sam Boimov (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg/Salisbury) led the men’s team, placing 123rd overall in a career-best 8K time of 25:21. Freshman Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) finished nine seconds later. In the women’s “Gold” race, senior Sara Parkinson (Lancashire, England/Loughborough University) placed 32nd overall and crossed the line first for the Retrievers in a career-best 6K time of 21:20, while junior Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) finished 174th in 22:52. The Retrievers return to action Oct. 16 for the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J.

The University of New Hampshire grabbed two top-10 team finishes at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Friday. The men took third place out of 40 teams in the “Brown” race while the women took ninth place out of 41 teams in the “Gold” race. The women also moved up to ninth in the USTFCCCA Northeast regional poll this week. The men were led by freshman Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H./Bishop Guertin) and senior Alex Beaulieu (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack). The pair finished 22nd and 23rd with times of 26:00 and 26:03, respectively. The women were led by senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial), who finished the course 30th in 21:19. The Wildcats will next appear at the New England Championship on October 9.

Stony Brook cross country sent its men’s and women’s teams to different meets this weekend. The men competed at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University on Friday, finishing 39th in the “Gold” race. The women competed at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational, also on Friday, finishing fifth out of 24 teams. With that, the women jumped into the USTFCCCA National poll, debuting this week at No. 12. They also maintain their No. 3 ranking in the Northeast. For the men, junior Drew Dillingham (Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead) was the top finisher for the Seawolves, taking 130th (25:23). In South Bend, Ind., senior Lucy van Dalen won the race, finishing the 5k course in a time of 16:22. Senior Holly Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand/Wanganui, New Zealand) finished sixth overall. The Seawolves finished ahead of seven nationally ranked teams, including No. 3 Washington and No. 8 Princeton. The teams’ next meet is Saturday, October 9 as they will compete in the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park.

Vermont cross country competed in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Friday. The men’s team placed seventh out of 40 teams in the “Brown” race while the women took 20th place out of 41 squads. The women’s performance vaulted them into the USTFCCCA Northeast ranking, where they sit at No. 15. The men were led by junior John Little (New Ipswich, N.H./Mascenic Regional), who finished 11th overall with a time of 25:37. The women were paced by junior Morgan Powers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hills), who crossed the finish line 31st overall in a time of 21:19. The Catamounts will next hit the trail at the New England Championship on October 9.
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