Men’s and Women’s Cross Country ECC Champions

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By Maxime Devillaz
Staff Writer

The annual East Coast Conference Championships, held on the LIU Post campus on Sunday, Oct. 27, ended in success for the hosting Pioneers, as both the women and the men secured the East Coast Conference title.

Before the Championships started, senior Matt O’Keefe explained this year’s goal for
the men’s cross country team. ”We are looking to get our fifth straight”, said O’Keefe. After overwhelming their opponents, with five runners placed in the top 21 finishes, the men’s team won comfortably with a total score of 44 points and could keep their mark on top of the ECC’s for the fifth season in a row.

Consequently, two Pioneers earned all-Conference honors. Joseph Lasher was the fastest Pioneer, as he placed second with the impressive time of 25:28:62. Also, O’Keefe earned an all-Conference second team spot after placing 14th after finishing in 26:28:25.

The women’s team also finished on top with 44 points. However, the competition was alive all day, as a runner from St. Thomas Aquinas College finished second but the Pioneers managed to defend their leading position and win by four points. It was
the women’s team second title in three years.

Moreover, the women’s team also earned two spots in the All-Conference team. Sophomore Elizabeth Stirling was the first Pioneer to cross the finish line with a time of 18:44:65 that placed her eighth overall. Nonetheless, senior Jenn McLaughlin took the thirteenth spot after her 19:02:87 race.

As a result of the successful performances, the Pioneers are now looking ahead to the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 9, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts. The contest is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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