Cross Country Opens at Siena Invitational
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany cross country program opens the 2019 season with a quick trip to crosstown rival Siena’s home course at the Crossings in Colonie.
Siena XC Invitational, Saturday September 7
The Crossings of Colonie
Men: 8K, 9:45 a.m.
Women: 5K, 10:30 a.m.
Leading the Pack
- Senior Hannah Reinhardt is the top returner on the women’s team, winning four of six races last season, including the America East XC Championship
- The women also return 2018 All-Conference representatives Holly Machabee and Kaylah Quarshie
- Senior Charlie Ragone leads the men’s returners, and was UAlbany’s #2 runner in 2018
Anthanailos, A. Beltran, F. Beltran, Garcia, Gay, Johnson, Kiptum, Menis, Perillo, Ragone, Ramdani
Brogan, Butterfield, Chambers, Coddington, Grady, Guilfoyle, Iocca, Keown, Leonard, Machabee, Nolan, Planavsky, Quarshie, Reinhardt, Rutt, Zitomer
Six Great Danes were elected team captain for the 2019-20 school year ahead of the cross country season. Two women, Kiyah Owens and Hannah Reinhardt, return as captains for another year, while the first timers include Tori Reid, and all three men’s selections, Adrian Mitchell, Garfield Napier, and Chris Perillo.
For the first time since the 2011 season, UAlbany will host the America East XC Championship meet. The championship, which takes place on November 2, will be the second of two meets held on UAlbany’s home course, the first being the 52nd R.K. Munsey UAlbany XC Invitational, which will serve as this season’s America East Pre-Conference Meet, on October 18.
Behind individual champion Hannah Reinhardt, who was UAlbany’s first-ever male or female individual XC champion, the Great Dane women won their first-ever America East team title, scoring 46 points to defeat runner-up Stony Brook, who scored 59 points. UAlbany placed four in the top 11, with Reinhardt pacing the field, followed by Cara Sherman in seventh, Holly Machabee in 10th, and Kaylah Quarshie in 11th. UAlbany’s fifth and final scorer, Kelly Iocca, placed 17th.
After winning the 2019 America East XC team title, the UAlbany women went on to claim team victories in the America East Indoor and Outdoor Championship meets, becoming the first women’s program in conference history to win all three titles in the same academic year. Previously, the 2011-12 UAlbany men and 1988-89 Northeastern men had claimed the Triple Crown.
UAlbany will visit Boston’s Franklin Park for the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Friday, September 20.