Men’s and women’s cross country open fall season

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The 2016 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams each celebrate first place finishes at the Stephen Warde Invitational on September 10. Courtesy of Union Athletics
The 2016 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams each celebrate first place finishes at the Stephen Warde Invitational on September 10. Courtesy of Union Athletics

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are off to a fast start this season, each completing more than half of their regular season schedules already. The cross country teams have each competed in four races to date.

A week before classes began, the cross country teams had their first meet of the 2016 season in Colonie, New York.

The women’s team struggled in their first race, coming in 5th place out of 5 teams, but Kaitlin Close ’19 had a notable race, scoring in 16th place. Justin Zorn ’17 led the men’s team to a 3rd place finish out of 5 teams, coming in 5th place individually.

The following weekend at the Stephen Warde Invitational in Cobleskill, New York, the Dutchmen dominated, with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing in 1st place. Zorn again stood out for the Dutchmen, finishing in 1st place with a time of 27:42, one of the top-five fastest times in course history. Arden Kellner ’19, Mark Solomon ’20, and Will Fisher ’19 also finished in the top-ten overall.

Close had the fastest time for the women’s team, coming in 6th place. She was followed by Samantha Miller ’19 who finished in 10th place.

This past weekend both teams competed in the Bill Fritz Invitational in Glassboro, New Jersey and the Bard Raptor Invitational in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

At the Bill Fritz Invitational, the men’s team was led by Kellner who recorded his career best time for an 8 kilometer course, 26:57. Finishing one behind the other, Maddie Samuell ’17 and Abby Vallachovic ’20 led the women’s team, completing the 6 kilometer course in 26:13 and 26:54, respectively.

Both teams had strong overall performances, with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing in 8th place out of 17 teams.

The Dutchmen excelled at the Bard Raptor Invitational, with the men’s team finishing in 2nd place in a field of 20 teams. They were led by Arthur Schutzberg ’17, 10th place, and Steven Cohen ’18, 15th place. Daniela Di Capua ’19 (22:23) and Meaghan Reid ’17 (22:49) anchored the women’s team with strong times at the 5 kilometer course.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams both have their first week off from races this season and do not return to action until October 1 at the Saratoga Invitational in Troy, New York.

Only three races separate the Dutchmen and the Liberty League Championships, which will take place on October 2.

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