UB Runners Finish Fourth at Season Opening Harry Lang Invite
HAMILTON, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2012 season at Colgate University's Harry Lang Invitational with fourth-place finishes among 11 teams.
In the men's race, contested at 6,400 meters, the Bulls, ranked 11th in the Northeast Region by the USTFCCCA scored 118 points. Syracuse (22), Navy (56) and American (78), all regionally ranked, finished ahead of the Bulls.
Leading the men's team individually was junior Zach Ahart with a 14th-place finish among 106 entrants. Ahart turned in a course time of 20:36.
Besides Ahart, four other Bulls finished among the top 35. Sophomore Alex Saavedra finished 20th in 20:50. Isaac Hagen was 31st in 21:16 with Tyler Murtha finishing 33rd in 21:19 and freshman Brian Crimmins taking 35th place in 21:21.
American's John Pope won the individual title in 20:03 with Syracuse runners taking the next four slots.
In the women's meet, run at 4,200 meters, the Bulls totaled 111 points to finish fourth behind Syracuse (24), Bucknell (60) and Navy (67).
UB's top women's runner was sophomore Gabby Leo, who took 13th place in 16:47. Joining Leo as UB's next four finishers were freshman Kaitlin McCadden in 16:55 for 19th place, senior Sam Beim in 17:01 for 23rd place, senior Emma Denton in 17:06 for 28th place and senior Caitlin Curry in 17:11 for 31st place.
Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge won the race in 15:51 with Syracuse racers taking the next four positions.
"It was a good team performance for only 12 days together," stated UB head coach Vicki Mitchell following the meet.
The Bulls host the UB Stampede Invitational at Grand Island's Beaver Island State Park on September 15 in their next competition.