By Ann Brunn
The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional on Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
The men’s team placed seventh out of 42 teams, tallying 242 points. Junior Robert Abrams finished ninth overall with a time of 25:30.3 in the 8-kilometer race. His finish was good enough for an automatic qualification for the individual competition to the NCAA Division III Championship in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Junior Matt Kole and senior Evan Bush crossed the line at 26:17.18 and 26:18.8, respectively, which was good for 48th and 49th place. Senior Mike Zurzolo placed in 62nd with a time of 26:28.9, while sophomore William Mayhew rounded out the scoring placements for the Lions in 74th place at 26:41.7.
The women’s team finished in 13th out of 38 teams and collected 386 points. Sophomore Kelsey Kobus paced the Lions with a 58th place finish at a time of 24:03.2 in the 6-kilometer race.
Junior Emily Forester crossed the line at 24:26.3, which was good for 72nd place, and sophomore Jazzlyn Diaz came in at 80th place with a time of 24:37.2. Rounding out the scoring positions for the Lions were junior Marykate Bailey and sophomore Emily Prendergast, posting times of 24:43.0 and 24:45.2, good for 86th and 90th place, respectively.
All five Lions who placed will return for the 2020 season, and Abrams will return to the track on Saturday, Nov. 23, for the NCAA Championship.