Men Place Seventh, Women Eighth, at BIG EAST Cross Country Championships

Oct. 31, 2009

 

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KENOSHA, Wis. - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country squads competed in the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships Saturday morning and afternoon at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course. The men earned a seventh-place finish while the women placed eighth.

Leading the men was junior Brice Cleland, who finished 37th in 26:09. Cleland was followed closely by sophomore Blake Johnson in 43rd place with a time of 26:30. Dominick Rosario (50th, 27:02) was the third finisher for the Golden Eagles while Peter Bolgert (51st, 27:08) and Connor Callahan (56th, 27:15) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Keith Schueller and Anthony Gedwill also ran for the Marquette men. 

Junior Jayne Grebinski led the women in 39th place with a time of 22:35. A pack of four Golden Eagles finished 51-56 with Anna Weber leading the group in a time of 23:08. 

The Syracuse men and Villanova women won their respective races. Senior Cory Thorne of Louisville took the individual men's title in the 8,000-meter race with a time of 24:43.9. Sophomore Wildcat Sheila Reid recorded a time of 20:45.1 and won the women's title.

Syracuse won its first ever BIG EAST Championship as the squads' top five runners were all among the first 15 athletes to cross the finish line. The Orange's total of 55 points narrowly beat defending conference champion Georgetown (61 points). Villanova came in third overall with 76 points.
 
Thorne, who missed all of 2008 due to injury, made a triumphant return to the league championship, claiming Louisville's first ever BIG EAST individual title. The senior crossed the finish line 2.4 seconds ahead of Villanova freshman Mathew Mildenhall (24:46.3). Defending league champion Andrew Bumbalough came in third overall with a time of 24:46.5.
 
Villanova won its second-straight BIG EAST Championship and 12th all-time. The Wildcats placed their first five runners in the top 12 for a score of 30. Second place overall went to West Virginia which tallied 74 points. Syracuse finished third with 84 points.
 
Reid, who also missed 2008 due to injury, was the first Villanova runner to cross the finish line, coming in just ahead of second-place finisher and junior teammate Amanda Marino (20:51.6). Georgetown sophomore Emily Infeld finished in third place with a time of 21.03.8.


 

 

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