Both the men’s and women’s cross country seasons are winding down as each team competed in the Liberty League Championships on Oct. 29. The Dutchmen finished in sixth place while the Dutchwomen came in seventh. Each competed in eight-team fields.
On the men’s side, Will Fisher ’19 was the team’s top finisher for the first time this fall, placing 67th and scoring in 36th with a time of 28:01. Arden Kellner ’19 was not far behind, finishing 70th and scoring in 37th in 28:03.
Tim Woods ’18 was 82nd, finishing in 28:37, while Arthur Schutzberg ’17 was 84th, finishing in 28:41.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won the day’s competition with 22 points, while the Dutchmen finished with 196.
For the Dutchwomen, another sophomore, Samantha Miller ’19, was the team’s top finisher, coming in 56th place with a time of 25:31.9.
Maddie Samuell ’17 also had a strong performance, finishing 59th in 25:44.0. The women’s team finished with 216 points while the winning RPI squad ended with 30.
The previous weekend, on Oct. 22, both the men’s and women’s teams competed at the Hamilton Invitational.
The Dutchmen finished a solid fourth out of seven competing teams while the Dutchwomen placed fifth out of six teams.
Justin Zorn ’17 highlighted the men’s team’s performance by finishing fourth, completing the five-kilometer course in 16:34. The finish was Zorn’s seventh top-five of the season.
Fisher added a strong performance as well, crossing the line in 15th at 17:18. Mark Solomon ’20 was 28th at 18:08, while Woods placed 30th in 18:13.
The Dutchmen finished with 108 points, while the winning team, Hamilton, totaled 29.
Again it was Miller, who placed 22nd with a time of 17:29 in the four-kilometer course, who was the women’s team’s top-finisher.
Abby Valachovic ’20 placed 27th in 17:40. Marley Weig-Pickering ’17 rounded out the Dutchwomen’s notable finishes, crossing in 43rd in 18:56.
The Dutchwomen finished with 136 points, while Utica College was the top team with 38 points.
Both the men’s and women’s teams enjoyed early-season success, each finishing first out of nine teams at the SUNY-Cobleskill Invitational back on September 10. The men’s team also placed second in a 20-team meet at the Bard Raptor Invitational on September 17.
From there, both teams failed to replicate their early-season success. The men’s team finished eighth out of 14 and 17th out of 41 in their two meets before the Hamilton Invitational, while the women’s team 11th of 13 and 29 of 41 before Hamilton.
Each team will have one more chance to compete this season at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals on Nov. 12 in Glassboro, NJ.