Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: The Underdogs
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 16:10
The preseason polls for the 2013 cross country season for both men and women, as reported by the Patriot League website are as follows:
Patriot League Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. Navy (9 first-place votes) 153 points
2. Lehigh (10) 151
3. American 121
4. Boston U. (1) 115
5. Army 100
6. Bucknell 90
7. Colgate 59
8. Holy Cross 46
9. Loyola (Md.) 36
10. Lafayette 29
Patriot League Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. Navy (18 first-place votes) 162 points
2. Bucknell (2) 144
3. Army 117
4. Boston U. 116
5. Lehigh 101
6. Loyola (Md.) 76
7. Colgate 70
8. Lafayette 44
9. Holy Cross 42
10. American 28
This is the information that the cross country teams were given, entering the 2013 season. This is the information that the Holy Cross Cross Country teams are seeking to correct in the upcoming season. We have embraced our role as underdogs in the Patriot League and we are ready to prove people wrong.
We started doing just that in the first race of the season on August 31, 2013 at the University of New Hampshire. The Holy Cross teams went up against some of the best runners in the nation, including runners from teams such as Providence College and University of New Hampshire. Both Holy Cross teams took third place, but exhibited very strong performances. Specifically, John Cicchetti, ’15, one of the captains of the Men’s Cross Country team, earned 18th place with a 19:07 in a 6K race among a total of 42 runners. For the women, six girls earned a spot in the top 20. The team was led by Amanda Waldron, ‘14 and Emily Hughes, ’14, who achieved 11th and 12th place respectively, running an 18:10 and 18:13 in the 5K race, respectively. Caroline Carley, ’16, Rachel Sowinski, ’17, Mary Welsh, ’17 and Sandra van den Heuvel, ‘14 also finished in the top 20, some earning personal records.
The Men and Women’s Cross Country teams took the confidence that they gained at UNH and used it at the Nassaney Invitational at Bryant College on September 7th in Smithfield, Rhode Island. In the 5K race, the Holy Cross men’s team had their fifth runner come in 24th place in a field of 59 runners. Dennis Muldoon ‘16 ran an incredible 15:51, for a ninth place finish overall, followed by Tejidor, ‘16 (17th), Henry Dodge, ‘17 (19th) and G. Matt Greco (22nd), and Nick Petsky, ‘14 (24th).
The women’s team also had an impressive performance, with six runners finishing among the top third of the race. Senior captain Emily Hughes finished in the top 10, running an 18:23.5, good for seventh place overall in a field of 100 runners. She was followed by freshman Sowinski (13th), senior van den Heuvel (17th), Abigail Mitchell, ‘15 (27th), and Caroline Carr, ‘17 (28th) and Mary Welsh, ‘17 (33rd).
Following the Nassaney Invitational, both teams began to prepare for the National Catholic Championship on September 20th in South Bend, Indiana. The top eight runners for each team traveled down to Notre Dame to compete, with Muldoon, captain Cicchetti, Dylan Villescas, ’14, Tejidor, freshman John Bentivegna, Dodge, Petsky, and Greco representing the men’s team. Muldoon and Cicchetti finished 19th and 21st respectively, running a 26:09 and a 26:10 respectively out of a field of 91 runners. The team finished a respectable seventh overall out of the ten teams that competed.