Featuring twenty-six men’s teams and twenty-four women’s teams, the Saratoga Invitational presented many challenges for the Spartan men’s and women’s Cross Country teams on Oct. 25. The men’s team came in 21st place out of 26 with a total time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 49 seconds and an average time of 29 minutes and 21.80 seconds. The team racked up a score of 603 points, 541 points away from the first place team, Keene State College. The first member of the Spartan men’s team to finish was junior Jeffery Paul, who came in with a time of 28 minutes and 27 seconds. That amounts to a 5 minute and 44 second average mile run.
The women’s Cross Country team finished with a time of 1 hour 44 minutes and 27 seconds, which put them in 18th place. Their average time was 20 minutes and 53.40 seconds. The team finished with a point total of 506, 441 points off from the first place team, St. Lawrence University.
Even though the outcome of the race was not as good as the team would have hoped for, coach Blair Marelli was proud of his team.
“They had a great meet,” Marelli said. “Now we just have to get ready for the NAC championships.”
The North Atlantic Conference championships will be held at Johnson State College on November 1, with the women’s team starting at 11:00 A.M. and the men’s team starting at 12:00 P.M.