Men Place Seventh, Women Eighth, at BIG EAST Cross Country Championships
Oct. 31, 2009
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.
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.
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