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Women win first two meets, men take one

The rain continued to ferociously pour down on the field, but that did not stop the Spartan runners from putting up strong efforts at the sixth annual Castleton Invitational.After completing a sweep at New England College the previous week, the Castleton cross country squad hosted five other schools for Sunday morning’s race.

The Spartan women would set the pace for the school, placing four runners in the top ten to barely defeat SUNY Cobleskill in the 5K race’s team competition by four points.

Cobleskill, despite the tough second-place finish, sported individual race-winner April Ackerman, who defeated the competition by one full minute.

Senior Katie Snyder led the Spartans with a second-place finish at the time of 21:49, while teammate Sage Small came in right behind her at 22:32. Lauren Cosgrove crossed the line in sixth place and Justine Campbell took the ninth spot.

Other notable finishes for Castleton in the women’s race included senior Beth Pantzer and Dana Pulkinen earning fifteenth and sixteenth, respectively.

On the men’s side, Castleton played runner-up to SUNY Cobleskill in the team event and boasted three top-ten finishers.

The 8K individual race was won by Southern New Hampshire’s Alex Brown with a time of 29:21. The Spartans’ top finisher, Mike Campbell, crossed the finish line in sixth place.

Sophomores Jeffrey Paul and Nick Grasso followed suit and came in seventh and eighth, respectively. Dave Burrows missed the top ten by only two seconds and earned an eleventh-place finish.

Castleton’s men totaled 45 points and edged out third-place Southern New Hampshire.

Looking ahead, the team will travel to UMass-Dartmouth Saturday for its next race, giving Castleton’s women a chance to continue an unbeaten record.