Cross country start season off well

The Castleton State College men’s cross country team took first place while the women snagged a second place finish at the Mountaineer Cross Country Invitational in Bennington, Vt. on Saturday.

Senior Isaac French took first place overall in the men’s race with a time of 17:56. Steve Hagemann came in fourth, with a time of 18:17 and rookie runner Nick Tubolino grabbed eighth place with a time of 19:01. Right behind him was Matt Woodward, who took tenth place at 19:05 and Jonah Lavigne rounded out the top five men, coming in 14th place, getting a time of 19:16.

“We felt confident going into the race because we have competed against most of the schools earlier in the year,” French said. “We have been doing some great workouts and they have been paying off.”

The women’s team also had a great showing grabbing second place overall in a tough field. Mariah Eilers was the top finisher for the women’s squad, taking third place overall with a time of 22:13. Kelsey Thompson and Margaret Kuchinski placed 12th and 13th respectively with times of 23:46 and 23:55. Shelly Audette took 15th place overall with a time of 24:10 while Cassie Pinaire rounded out the scoring for the Spartans coming in 23rd place and running 25 minutes flat.

“We ran well as a team today,” Eilers said. “We have been training hard and the course was tough on top of that training, but we were prepared for it.”

The Spartans will travel to UMass-Dartmouth this Saturday, September 21 to run in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational

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