UB Men Victorious, Women Third at Stampede Invite
GRAND ISLAND, NY – The University at Buffalo men's cross country team won for the second consecutive season at the UB Stampede Invite held Saturday afternoon at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island. UB's women's team finished third in a field of five squads behind a pair of Mid-American Conference rivals.
In the men's team competition, the Bulls tallied 28 points to outdistance second-place Akron's 39 as the Bulls placed three runners among the top five finishers of the race.
Leading the Bulls on Saturday was junior Zach Ahart in a second-place overall finish in 25:19.2 for the 8K course. His time was 20 seconds behind Colgate's Christopher Johnson, who took individual honors in 24:59.6. Joining Ahart across the finish line for the Bulls were junior Mike Pressler in fourth place in 25:28.7 and sophomore Alex Saavedra in fifth place in 25:33.4. Sophomore Zach Krause was eighth in 25:38.1. Freshman Cameron Bruce finished 11th in 25:45.3 with senior Isaac Hagen 12th in 25:45.9 and freshman Austin Coneys 13rh in 25:49.7.
In the women's 5K race, UB's top finisher was senior Shelby Janutol. Janutol, racing in her first meet with the Bulls after three seasons at Division II Ferris State, completed the course in 18:08.1 to finish seventh overall. Senior Sam Beim placed 11th in 18:17.0. Freshman Kaitlin McCadden was 13th in 18:27.2 with senior Emma Denton in 17th in 18:48.1 and junior Hilary Swartwood in 20th in 19:05.1.
Akron racers Kayla Whitlow (17:54.9) and Maria Moore (17:58.7) were the top two women's finishers and the only racers to eclipse the 18-minute barrier.
UB's women finished with 68 points to place third behind MAC rivals Akron (20) and Bowling Green (59).
"The men ran a pretty strong race, the second half of the race they ran very well," said UB head coach Vicki Mitchell. Commenting on her women's results Mitchell stated, "This was a good chance to see how we did against MAC competition."
The Bulls are next in action on Friday, September 28 for the Paul Short Invite at Lehigh University.
Men: Buffalo 28, Akron 39, Colgate 89, Robert Morris 118, Bowling Green 119, Niagara 155.
Women: Akron 20, Bowling Green 59, Buffalo 68, Robert Morris 106, Niagara 174.