Men Third, Women Sixth at XC Conference Championship
BALTIMORE, MD.—The University at Albany men and women’s cross country team traveled to UMBC this Saturday for the 2016 America East Conference Championship. The men earned third overall, while the women took sixth.
On the men’s side, Stony Brook came in first place with 45 points. Maine was second with 46 points, followed by UAlbany in third with 87 points. The men’s race held 83 runners.
Ryan Udvadia was the frontrunner for the men, earning a strong second-place finish in the 8K with a time of 24:44.11 and the first-team All-Conference title. Kyle Gronostaj placed fifth with a time of 24:57.65, also earning the first-team title. Jake Johnson ran a 25:17.71 to place 15th overall.
The top 14 finishers in each race earned All-Conference honors. Those finishing in spots 1-7 earned first-team honors, and finishes in 8-14 received second-team honors.
Tyler Ranke was 27th, running a time of 25:46.54. Calvin Butlak placed 41st in 26:10.14, followed by Keith Machabee in 50th with a time of 26:21.40, and Charles Ragone in 59th with a time of 26:35.97. Freshman Jeremy Carter placed 65th in 26:48.53, Matthew Gladysz was 76th in 27:40.09, and Ryan Fox rounded out UAlbany, placing 82nd in 28:08.95.
The women’s race featured 85 total runners. New Hampshire scored 45 points for first place overall.Stony Brook was second with 47 points, and UMass Lowell was third with 67 points. UAlbany finished in sixth, scoring 183 points.
In the women’s race, Hannah Smith was the leader for the Great Danes. She placed 22nd in the 5K with a time of 18:10.89. Freshman Hannah Reidnhardt was 26th in a time of 18:16.75. Schuyler Pruyn placed 44th in 18:37.75, followed by Cara Sherman in 18:39.30 2 for 45th place.
The America East Elite 17 award —which is given to a student-athlete who performs highly both on the field and in the classroom—was presented to Maine’s Jesse Orach for the men and Stony Brook’s Christina Melian for the women.
Next up for UAlbany is the Northeast Regional Championship in Bronx, N.Y., where the Great Danes will return to Van Cortlandt Park for competition. The meet is scheduled for Friday, November 11.