The Spartans cross country team opened up the year on Sept. 2 at the Pilgrim Pride Invitational in Henniker, N.H. Led by first-year head coach Blair Marelli, the Castleton women led off with a strong outing, finishing in second place out of the six teams participating in the race.
Freshman Elizabeth Halnon had the lone top 10 finish for the Spartans, ending the race impressively in eighth place. Katie Sprowl and Justine Campbell finished in eleventh and fifteenth place respectively.
The men’s team raced against seven other teams from the New England region. They did not fair as well as the women, finishing in seventh place. But the Spartans were separated from the fourth place squad by only eight points. Freshman Michael Sullivan finished the race in 10th place, followed by fellow freshman Jeffrey Paul, who finished 23rd.
The cross country team will travel to New York City this weekend for the NYU Invitational.