The C.W. Post Cross Country team hosted the East Coast Conference Championship meet this past weekend. Both squads performed at a high level but the men dominated the 8K race and for the second straight year, which allowed them to capture the ECC Championship title.
Leading the men was freshman Christian Altamura who placed 4th overall with a time of 26:04. The second Pioneer to cross the finish line was graduate student Vince Giambanco who placed 6th overall with a time of 26:18. Third for the men’s squad was freshman Joe Lasher who placed 8th overall and ran a personal best time of 26:27. Taking the 9th, 10th, and 11th place spots were sophomore Matt O’Keefe (26:53), sophomore Ray Coyle (26:55), and sophomore TJ Speicher (26:55). The Pioneers’ 7th man was Mike Fitzsimmons who placed 45th overall with a time of 31:01.
Overall the men had six All-Conference award winners. In addition, Lasher, Coyle, and Speicher all ran personal best times. “Everything clicked on the men’s side today and it was big for us to repeat as conference champions,” commented head coach Rob Morris, who was named ECC Men’s Cross Country Head Coach of the year for the second consecutive year. “Now we move on to the Regional Championship meet where we plan on making a big statement.”
On the women’s side the Lady Pioneers placed 4th overall. Finishing first in the 5K race for the women was freshman Jenn McLaughlin who placed 9th overall with a time of 20:36. McLaughlin earned second team All-Conference honors for her performance. Coming in second for the women was sophomore Caitlin Smith who placed 16th overall with a time of 21:05. Freshman Karissa Chiantella was the third lady Pioneer to finish with a time of 21:15, placing 18th overall.
The next to cross the finish line was graduate student Erin Lusenkas placing 24th overall with a time of 21:34. The fifth finisher for Post was freshman Sara Mclaughlin who placed 27th with a time of 22:01. Right behind her was freshman Angelica Price who ran 22:05 and placed 28th overall. Rounding out the top seven for the women was junior Angelia Pereira who placed 41st overall with a time of 23:23. “Both the men and women gave everything they had today,” stated Erin Lusenkas. “They should be proud.”
The C.W. Post Cross Country team will be back in action on November 21st when they compete in the Division II Cross Country Northeast Regional Championship meet held in Boston, Massachusetts.