Men’s XC Places Sixth at America East Championship
VESTAL, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s cross country team returned to Binghamton over the weekend to compete in the America East Championship. They scored 162 points to claim sixth place out of nine teams.
Junior Christopher Buchanan placed 16th overall, navigating the 8K course in 25:34.83, which represented an improvement of 13 seconds from his previous outing on this course. Buchanan has now been the top UAlbany finisher in four of five competitions this season. James Sommer, who claimed the top spot on the team at the UAlbany XC Invitational two weeks ago, followed Buchanan in 22nd place, running a time of 25:42.22. Sommer shaved more than a minute off his time from the Pre-Conference meet.
Dylan Lowry finished 43rd overall in 26:23.05. Andrew Pirnie finished 46th in 26:26.47. Youness Benzaid rounded out UAlbany’s scoring athletes in 53rd place, with a time of 26:33.54.
Completing UAlbany’s top seven were Jonathan Moore, who finished 63rd in 26:52.14, and Raymond Farinella, who finished 68th in 27:08.06. Also competing for UAlbany was Peter Schweitzer, who finished just behind Farinella in 69th place with a time of 27:08.64, Eric Billinson, who finished 73rd in 27:25.65, and John DeLallo, who finished right next to Billinson in 74th with a time of 27:25.84. DeLallo, traditionally UAlbany’s number two athlete, was competing in his first race since the season opener, having been sidelined since then with an injury. In total, eight of the 10 UAlbany athletes who competed improved their time from the Pre-Conference meet.
UMBC took the team title with 58 points, placing all five scoring athletes in the top 19 overall. Binghamton took second on their home course with 65 points. Stony Brook scored 70 points to claim third place. New Hampshire took fourth place with 72 points, and the Wildcats supplied the individual champion, John Prizzi, who completed the course in 24:55.22. Maine captured fifth place with 110 points. Vermont scored 200 points in seventh place. UMass Lowell finished eighth with 224 points, and Hartford finished ninth, scoring 253 points.
Next up for UAlbany is the Northeast Regional Championship, which will see the Danes return to historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Friday, November 15.