Men Second, Women Third at Colgate
HAMILTON, N.Y.- In the 2016 season opener at Colgate this past weekend, the University at Albany men’s cross country team took second place overall in the meet, while the women placed third. The Harry Lang Invitational featured six schools, including Syracuse, Binghamton, Buffalo, Colgate, and Cobleskill.
The UAlbany men placed second with 52 points to Syracuse, who came in first overall. Binghamton followed in third and Buffalo placed fourth.
Freshman Jake Johnson placed 15th in his first collegiate meet with a time of 21:17.0. Matthew Gladysz was 22nd in 21:36.4 and Keith Machabee was 27th in 21:40.7. Newcomer Charles Ragone placed 28th in 21:51.3, followed by Ryan Fox in 30th in 22:07.1, TJ Murray in 22:07.3 for 31st, and Jeremy Carter in 22:21.9 for 37th. Finally, Terrell Coleman placed 42nd in 22:58.6, and Liam Mallon finished 45th in 23:22.7.
The UAlbany women’s team earned third place overall with 68 points. Syracuse led in first with 15 points, followed by Buffalo in second with 57 points. Binghamton was fourth with 121 points.
Returning sophomore Cara Sherman was the first scorer for the Great Danes. She placed 11th in 18:28.7 for the 5K. Hannah Smith placed 14th with a time of 18:38.8, tailed by Jessica Donohue in 18:54.6 for 15th, and Nira Lovick in 19:12.6 for 18th.
MacKenzie Pierie placed 23rd in 19:40.7, followed by freshman Lea Simonini in 19:42.3 for 24th, and Colleen Maloney in 19:42.8 for 25th. Freshman Holly Machabee ran a 19:46.6 and Laura Nolan finished in 19:47.1 to earn 28th and 29th, respectively. Bellame Bower placed 36th in 20:14.6, Delilah Quinones was 50th in 21:30.2, Tiguida Toure ran a 23:21.7 for 55th, and Kasia Geiger rounded out the women in a time of 23:29.7 for 56th.
The Great Danes will use this meet as a benchmark as they continue a two-week training period before their next meet. UAlbany will resume competition at the Iona Invitational in Van Cortlandt Park on Friday, September 16th.