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Men First, Women Second At Pre-Conference Meet

UAlbany Sports Information   09-02-2017

ST. ALBANS, Vt. – The University at Albany cross country program put its best foot forward on Saturday to start the 2017 season. Competing at the America East Pre-Conference Meet, the men placed first out of four teams in the field, and the women placed second.

The other teams competing on Saturday on the course where the conference championships will be held later this season were host Vermont, as well as UMass Lowell and Binghamton.  UMass Lowell’s men (12) and women (14) each hold spots in the preseason Northeast Regional rankings.

The women’s 5K, featuring 58 competitors, kicked off proceedings for the day.  The UAlbany women placed second overall, accumulating 44 total points.  Vermont won the women’s team title with 34 points, placing four of five scoring runners within the top 10.  UMass Lowell, who claimed the individual title, trailed behind with 54 points, and Binghamton rounded out the field in fourth with 95 points.

Four of UAlbany’s top five finishers placed within the top 12.  The first Great Dane to cross the line was newcomer Águeda Muñoz Marqués, who finished second in 17:40.4.  Hannah Reinhardt, coming off a breakout first year in 2016-17, placed fourth in 17:55.6.  Cara Sherman, projected to be the top overall returner, placed eighth in 18:08.5.  Holly Machabee placed 12th in 18:20.4.  The final scoring competitor for UAlbany was Colleen Maloney, who placed 18th in 18:35.5.

The two tiebreaker positions went to Nira Lovick, who placed 25th in 19:19.0, and MacKenzie Pierie, who placed 28th in 19:51.0.  Also competing for the women were Kaitlyn Butterfield, who placed 45th in 20:02.0, Tiguida Toure, who placed 53rd in 20:44.9, and Kirsten Kaminski, who placed 54th in 21:04.4.

The men’s 8K drew 65 competitors and followed the conclusion of the women’s race.  UAlbany won the team title with 37 points, followed by UMass Lowell with 49, Vermont with 64, and Binghamton with 76.  The Bearcats claimed the individual top two places.

UAlbany placed three runners in the top six, four in the top 10, and all five scorers in the top 12.  Ryan Udvadia crossed the line first for UAlbany, taking fourth place overall in 24:53.4.  Kyle Gronostaj placed fifth in 24:59.0.  Newcomer Victor Ortiz Rivera placed sixth in 25:08.8.  Calvin Butlak placed 10th in 25:29.1.  Jake Johnson, who had a tremendous freshman campaign in 2016-17, placed 12th in 25:41.4 to round out the UAlbany scorers.

The two men’s tiebreakers were claimed by Charlie Ragone, who placed 18th in 25:56.0, and freshman Christopher Perillo, who placed 23rd in 26:15.6

Beyond the top seven, the Great Dane men fielded an additional 10 runners in Saturday’s race.  Jonathan Gay placed 28th in 26:19.3.  TJ Murray placed 34th in 26:37.5.  Keith Machabee placed 37th in 26:49.7.  Alec Ambruso placed 40th in 26:55.2.  Jeremy Carter placed 47th in 27:08.2.  Tyler Ranke placed 53rd in 27:26.6.  Jay Bendlin placed 59th in 27:46.8.  Joey Somerville placed 60th in 28:09.7.  Matthew JeanPierre placed 61st in 28:26.9, virtually tying with Austin Sperl, who placed 62nd in 28:26.9.

UAlbany will not compete again for three weeks, until Friday, September 22nd at Franklin Park in Boston for the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown.

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