Men 10th, Women 17th at Battle in Beantown
Meet: Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown
Location: Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.
Distance: Men – 8K; Women – 5K
Team Scoring: Men – 10th (261 points); Women – 17th (447 points)
Short Story: Following a three-week layoff, the University at Albany returned to competition in Boston amidst a field of regional championship contenders. The men placed 10th and the women placed 17th in the team standings behind personal bests from top team finishers Ryan Udvadia and Hannah Reinhardt, respectively.
How it happened
- The women’s team scored 447 points to take 17th place out of 22 scoring teams
- Hannah Reinhardt placed 40th overall in 18:07.2
- The women’s top five finished with a gap of 1:04
- The men scored 261 points to take 10th in a field of 18 teams
- Ryan Udvadia finished with a two-second personal best of 24:41.6
- The men’s top five finished with a gap of 1:20
The University at Albany cross country team finally returned to action Friday after a three-week layoff since the season-opening meet at Vermont. For their second race of the 2017 season, the Great Danes visited Boston’s Franklin Park for the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown hosted by Boston College.
The meet featured about 20 teams each for the men’s 8K and the women’s 5K, with a majority of the teams in each field holding top-15 regional rankings. Among the teams competing were regional powers Syracuse, Providence, and Georgetown, as well as America
The women’s 5K
Cara Sherman finished next for UAlbany, placing 72nd in 18:34.0. Águeda Muñoz Marqués, who was the UAlbany frontrunner in the season’s first meet, placed 113th in 19:01.5. The women’s top five rounded out with Holly Machabee placing 126th in 19:10.5, and Colleen Maloney placing 131st in 19:11.8.
The women’s scoring five finished with a time gap of 64 seconds. As a team, the women placed behind New Hampshire, who placed seventh with 241 points behind individual champion Elinor Purrier, UMass Lowell, who placed 11th with 321 points, and Vermont, who placed 12th with 359 points. Providence won the women’s race, placing three runners in the top six to finish with 71 points overall, narrowly displacing runner-ups up Indiana and Georgetown who each scored 78 points. As individual champion, Purrier finished 14 seconds clear of the field.
The men’s 8K race followed the conclusion of the women’s 5K. The UAlbany men placed 10th overall in a field of 18 teams with 261 points. Ryan Udvadia placed 16th in the individual standings in a field of 156 competitors. Like Reinhardt, Udvadia also set a personal best to pace the Great Danes on the day, finishing in 24:41.6, taking two seconds off his previous best time.
Kyle Gronostaj finished next for the Great Danes, crossing the line in 30th in 25:01.9. Jake Johnson placed 50th in 25:23.6. The men’s top five rounded out with Charlie Ragone, who finished 84th in 25:48.6, and Victor Ortiz Rivera, who finished 97th in 26:01.1.
The men’s scoring five finished with a time gap of 80 seconds. Among the America East schools in the race, UAlbany finished behind UMass Lowell, who placed sixth with 166 points, but ahead of Vermont, who finished 12th with 328 points, and Maine, who finished 15th with 446 points. Illinois swept the top two individual places, but took second as a team to Syracuse, who swept places three through five, and placed its five scorers in the top 12. Syracuse finished with 35 points to Illinois’ 56. The top five individuals all finished within two seconds of each other.
Next: UAlbany will have a quick turnaround before competing on Friday, September 29 at Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational.