The C.W. Post Men’s and Women’s Cross Country team were back in action this past Saturday as both teams competed in the St. Josephs College Invitational in Kings Park, NY.
On both sides the Cross Country squad put on exceptional performances in the race that had a mix of Division I, II, and III teams. Both the men’s and women’s squad took home trophies from Saturday’s race.
The Lady Pioneer’s competed in a 5k race. Coming in first for the women was freshman Jennifer McLaughlin who ran a time of 21:28, which placed her 5th overall. Coming in second was sophomore Caitlin Smith who ran a time of 21:51 placing 7th. The third Lady Pioneer to cross the line was freshman Karissa Chiantella with a time of 22:20. Not far behind was freshman Angelica Price finishing 14th overall and with a time of 22:29. Rounding out the top five for the women was Sara McLaughlin who came in at 23:15.
The women had a great showing, beating conference schools such as Dowling and New York Institute of Technology to place first among Division II schools. Overall in the race the women came in second. “Today was a test to see where we stood against some of our conference competition before the ECC championship race,” said Jennifer McLaughlin. “We proved to ourselves as a squad that we are right where we need to be in order to win the conference championship in a few weeks.”
The men’s squad once again competed in an 8k race. First to finish was graduate student Vincent Giambanco with a time of 27:55, placing 6th overall. Right on his trail was freshman Joseph Lasher who ran a time of 27:56. The Pioneer’s third man was sophomore Raymond Coyle who clocked in at 28:23. Coming in 10th place was sophomore Matthew O’Keefe with a time of 28:26. Rounding out the top five was sophomore Christian Altamura who crossed the line in 28:38, placing 12th overall. The men dominated the race as they not only placed first in Division II but placed first overall in the race.
“After today’s race we have our two championship races and based on today’s performances I believe we are ready,” proclaimed Sara McLaughlin. “We have trained all year for ECC’s and Regionals and I think we are in a good position to do great things on both the men’s and women’s side.”
The Cross Country team will be back in action on November 7th as they host the East Coast Conference Championship meet right here on campus. The men look to defend their conference title and the women look to make a statement by capturing their first cross country conference title since 2005.