By Gabe Sturges
With the Catskill Mountains casting soft, verdant light over the gently ebbing Chadwick Lake, the glorious weather proved to be thoughtful foreshadowing for the day to come. Following a weekend of well-deserved and much-needed respite, the squads of Union’s men and women’s cross country teams sojourned downstate early Saturday morning to the Mt. St Mary’s Invitational in Newburgh, New York. Eager to demonstrate their mid-season fitness, both contingents performed wonderfully, repeating last year’s dominating performances.
Undaunted by a course rumored to be as much as 0.3 miles longer than claimed, both squads gave a textbook demonstrations of aggressive front-running, with both squads’ Top Five finishing well within the Top 40 competitors overall. Such daring tactics reaped great success; the men’s team won the meet handily with an impressive score of 51 points and the women’s side, led by new talent and senior experience, finished second, 12 points behind a very strong cadre of Mt. St Mary’s Harriers.
Brian Solinsky ‘13 had a great meet finishing second on the team and seventh overall. Senor captains Dearon Panassion and Ben Lawrence also had good performances as they finished ninth and sixteenth, respectively.
On the women’s side, Cara Zimmerman ‘14, who was named the Liberty League Co-Rookie of the Week, led the way as she finished second overall with a time of 22:06. Other women that had good showings were Elizabeth Nailing ‘14, Jackie Massare ‘14, Keilah Creedon ‘14, and Michelle Richter ‘11.
The Dutchmen and Dutchwomen return to action this coming weekend, traveling to Massachusetts for the Westfield Invitational.