Men’s, women’s cross country off to promising starts

(Courtesy of Union Athletics) Justin Zorn runs the Saratoga Invitational on Sept. 12. Zorn was the top Union finisher at this event, running the six-kilometer course in a sub-20 minute time, with a time of 19:38.1.

Union’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are off to a running start so far this season. Both teams have competed twice so far in the Saratoga Invitational on Sept. 12 and in the Bard Raptors Invitational on Sept. 19.

With two new coaches, Pat Petty as director/head coach and Teal Reeves as assistant head coach, both teams have been faring relatively well.

At the Saratoga Invitational, the Dutchmen placed 13th out of 21 teams. Leading the pack for Union was Justin Zorn ’17 who completed the six-kilometer course in a time of 19:38.1, this time earned him 18th place.

Following Zorn was Union’s Jesse Coull ’16 who finished the course in a time of 20:26.2. Next came Steven Cohen ’18 who rounded out Union’s top-three with a time of 20:52.4. Coull ended up coming in 57th place and Cohen came in 78th place.

Other competitors for the Dutchmen included Ryan Saeger ’16 who came in 90th place, Colby Howland ’16 who came in 104th place and Tim Woods ’18 who came in 117th place.

At the Bard Raptors Invitational, hosted by Bard College in Annadale-on-Hudson, N.Y., the Dutchmen ran their way into first place, sweeping the field of 15 teams.

Three Dutchmen — Zorn, Coull and Arden Kellner ’19 — finished in the top five.

Zorn finished in first place, running the eight-kilometer course in 25:53 while Coull and Kellner followed, placing fourth and fifth, with times of 26:43 and 26:45, respectively.

Cohen, Saeger and Howland also performed well for the Dutchmen.

Like the men’s team, the Dutchwomen also performed well in their early competition.

At the Saratoga Invitational, the team placed 20th out of 21 competitors. Jen Ventrella ’16 led the pack for the Dutchwomen claiming 108th place with a time of 20:37.9 on the five-kilometer course. Following her were Alex Reardon ’16 and Samantha Miller ’19, who made her collegiate debut at the event.

Reardon finished in 119th place with a time of 21:21.0 while Miller ended up in 123rd place with a time of 21:42.8.

At their next competition, the Bard Raptors Invitational, the Dutchwomen swept the field, placing first among twelve teams. Ventrella, Reardon and Miller led the Dutchwomen, placing 6th, 11th and 13th, respectively.

Both teams will next compete on Oct. 3, when they will send part of their team to compete at the MSMC Knight Invitational in Newburgh, N.Y., and another group to compete in the Mike Woods Invitational in Castile, N.Y.



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